Rallying community support for bite-sized needs of youth-in-nature nonprofits.

Time-out

Kids Outside Alliance (KOA), an initiative to support youth-in-nature nonprofits, is taking a time-out until our all-volunteer team has adequate time to produce our next KOA project.

  • Thank you to the many people who have supported KOA as an iterative initiative for experimening with ways to support Seattle-area nonprofits that connect youth with nature.
  • KOA first manifested as an awards program for the 15 qualified beneficiary members, which culminated in a Campfire Hoopla event at the facility of our pals Georgetown Brewing Company (click here for event images on Fickr).
  • We were fortunate to land some top-tier judges and well-known "Spotlight Partner" organziations that were willing to test the idea of using their existing large networks to shine a public spotlight - using their existing communications tools such as social media and newsletters - upon KOA members, in association with a current list of some of each member's "bite-sized" needs.
  • A next iteration of KOA will likely manifest along the lines of an annual Campfire Hoopla event for the good people associated with our targeted beneficiary orgs.
  • The objective of a next Campfire Hoopla will be to celebrate/thank the beneficiary orgs and their people, to shine a spotlight on highlights from the orgs' prior year, and to help foster a greater sense of community and mutual support between these orgs.

According to Ben Klasky, CEO of IslandWood:

  • Chickens and inmates get more time outside than our kids do
  • 30% of kids get less than 15 minutes outside per day
  • On average, kids get 7 hours 40 minutes of screen time per day
  • In one generation, obesity is up 300% and Ritalin usage up 3000%, while outdoor time for kids has been cut in half

If these trends bother you as they do us, then please sign up for our newsletter to be updated infrequently about the next phase of our efforts to support bite-sized needs of youth-in-nature nonprofits

- KOA volunteers