The San Francisco-based Foundation for Youth Investment has announced a $10.7 million grant from the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council to expand its outdoor youth education programs and strategic initiatives.
With the grant, the foundation will formally separate from the Stewardship Council and begin operating as a standalone grantmaking and fundraising public charity. Created in 2010 to continue the Stewardship Council's grantmaking legacy as a sustainable funding source for youth development in California, FYI works to improve academic achievement, reduce obesity, teach teamwork and cooperation, prepare youth for the workforce, and provide the environmental stewards of tomorrow with transformative outdoor experiences.
"More than ever, young people need opportunities to reach beyond their everyday urban experiences and to understand the outdoors and wilderness," said Art Baggett, board president of the Stewardship Council. "It's during these experiences that young people discover opportunities for growth and direction for their futures. The Stewardship Council is glad to be a part of making these experiences a reality."