Our Year-Round Outdoor & Community Engagement Youth Cohort attend programming on-site and off-site for a full year, and can return for continuous years until they graduate highschool. CultureSeed is prioritizing depth—we understand consistent contact to be key in powerful and positive outcomes. By recruiting youth whose potential is often overlooked, CultureSeed seeks to activate their leadership and connection to place, introducing and expanding the healing joy of the outdoors, and the empowering awareness that they too are agents of change.
Adaptability is built into our model as we respond to youth’s interests and needs. One of the most important things CultureSeed can do is help young people find their way to be in service to something larger than themselves, to feel the support of their community in the crafting of a joyful and satisfying life.
Youth are recruited from their past participation in CultureSeed programming or directly through community partners. Cohorts range in size from 6 -15 participants between the ages of 14 and 19. Most participants come from Klickitat County, but as the program expands, participants are joining from Hood River and Wasco county.
Our year-long program curriculum has four modules, in alignment with the four seasons. Each module honors and mirrors the natural evolution of our earth’s cycle.
Spring is for slow exploration, blooming into self as we relate to others.
Summer is for vibrant adventures and growth as we shed old skins.
Fall asks us to harvest our new found awareness and strength and look to how we can serve others.
Winter is to go deep and be inquisitive so that we can emerge ready for the next year to come.