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The Link Between Environment and Mental Health

Many traditional indicators of youth well-being are showing positive trends. Drug use, smoking, and pregnancy rates are down among teenagers and high school graduation rates are on the rise. This is good news, but the

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Photo courtesy of SheJumps

Story Riders and SheJumps Foster Confidence in Kids

Kids are navigating a lot. They are working hard in school, figuring out social dynamics, balancing family responsibilities, and discovering what they care about and who they want to be. That’s a lot for a young

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Investing in Evaluation Supports Long-term Program Goals

Evaluation may feel intimidating at first, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming or stressful. Once you have a few tools to help you get started and some support along the way, evaluation can be rewarding… and

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Photo courtesy of The Humble Hustle

New Cohort of Outdoor Grantees Invites Youth Outside

Across all of our grant programs, NRF is ultimately working towards a world in which all kids can spend time outside in ways they enjoy and feel prepared to contribute meaningfully to a better future for themselves,

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Photo courtesy of Zuni Youth Enrichment Project

Communities of Care: Siċaŋġu Health Initiative and Zuni Youth Enrichment Project

Often, the real magic of successful youth programs is creating a community of care. Care for each other, care for oneself, and care for the environment are at the root of the work NRF grantees do with kids. While these

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Building Empathy Through Youth Recreation

Empathy is the human trait of understanding the feelings of someone else and experiencing those emotions on some level as your own. Empathy is critical to our collective hopes for creating a more just and sustainable

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