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Educating Urban Youth About The Power Of Outdoors

‘Bringing It Home’ follows Tyrhee Moore, mountaineer, outdoor education advocate, and founder of Soul Trak as he tells the story of his connection to the outdoors that was fostered at a young age. Born and raised in one of the toughest neighbourhoods in South East Washington, D.C., Moore still lives in the area today and dedicates his time to inspire and educate urban youth about the power and accessibility of the outdoors.

Through the City Kids Wilderness Project and his organisation Soul Trak, Moore is enhancing the lives of his community’s next generation by helping them discover local nature as well as some of the world’s more beautiful landscapes. Moore has more to say in his post on the Merrell blog; Merrell is a supporter of Soul Trak and has been a donor to his initiative.

Tyrhee Moore

He said, “One year ago, I left my job with no plan at all – but with a mission and a vision to do what I love. I got sick and tired of talking about diversity in the outdoors and what needed to change; once I stopped talking and started doing – for the first time in my life, I felt myself living.

“In 2019 I am fulfilling a mission to create safe spaces for black and brown folks, exploring and building community in all of our green spaces. I am engaging all levels of our community, highlighting nature all around us, emphasizing sustainability and educating together with the next generation of stewards to protect the outdoors and advocate for wild spaces – using new voices, new visions and amplifying the message that this land is our land too.

“So that the next time they see me or anyone else trekking up the side of an impossible mountain, overcoming every obstacle imaginable; they know that they too can be adventurers; that they too can be mountain climbers in their everyday lives . . . because in many ways, they already are.”

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