Austin Metropolitan YMCA and the YMCA of the Greater Houston Area Host Community Summits for Let’s Move! Outside Initiative
On July 1st, the Austin Metropolitan YMCA, with help and support from the National Park Service, hosted its first Let’s Move! Outside Community Summit. Approximately 30 organizations and community leaders from Austin and surrounding areas attended this event to collaborate, connect, and clarify current strengths, barriers, and opportunities in the areas of Play, Learn, Serve and Work.
After a short overview of Let’s Move! Outside, the attendees divided into four working groups. One facilitator from each group led the discussion about access, gaps, barriers and ways to better collaborate with other organizations.
Along with Austin, Houston was chosen to be a part of the second 25 cities for Let's Move! Outside. The YMCA of Greater Houston convened with partners of the Houston Wilderness coalition on July 27th. Volunteer and outreach coordinators met to discuss challenges and opportunities for community engagement in order to connect a diversity of the population with public lands. From the summit, a Volunteer Coordination Committee was formed to meet monthly to develop a sustainability plan and engage the community further in service opportunities on public lands.
Both cities will continue to work to strive to create the next generation of environmental stewards by inspiring individuals to connect to nature and public lands.
To learn more about the Let’s Move! Outside initiative, click here.