YMCA of Austin Launches Let’s Move! Outside with Mayor Steve Adler and the U.S. Department of the Interior
On May 26th, Mayor Steve Adler joined David Jayo, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, and James Finck, CEO of Austin Metro YMCA to announce that Austin had been selected as one of the 50 cities to participate in the national movement, Let’s Move! Outside. This community initiative is designed to help facilitate collaboration and increase participation in outdoor programs on public lands- from local parks to federal lands and waters.
“Many people in our urban neighborhoods don’t always have the chance to experience all that our public lands in and around the city have to offer,” James Finck, President & CEO of Austin Metro YMCA. “This initiative will help us bring together leaders in conservation, education, recreation and service to provide opportunities for children and families to have fun, deepen connections to the city’s natural and historic sites, develop important skills, and engage in activities where they can give back and strengthen our community.”
Austin is fortunate to have many organizations who are currently making an impact on the community through promoting a love for nature to youth and families. By creating a strong community network and fostering a collaborative effort, outdoor and environmental advocates will be able to maximize their reach and impact.
On July 1st, the YMCA of Austin will be hosting a community summit to create an Austin-based action plan to promote this national effort. Community leaders and advocates in youth development, conservation, recreation, stewardship and education are encouraged to attend. For more information and to register, click here.