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Vamos Outdoors Project partners with Bellingham Public Schools to provide culturally and linguistically representative educational opportunities for Latinx and English Language Learner youth. Vamos contracts with BPS to run a summer program for migrant youth, including academic, socio-emotional, and outdoor activities. Vamos partnered with BPS and other community organizations to run the Connections Program, a childcare program designed to support English Language Learner families as they navigate online learning during COVID, as a support to families who are working or speak languages other than English. Vamos also partners with the Cordata and BIrchwood Elementary Schools to run after school nature experience clubs, all in Spanish. 

Vamos Outdoors Project partners with the Burlington-Edison School District through the Gear Up Program to provide outdoor enrichment experiences to youth working towards success in college and other forms of higher education. Vamos works with youth in the outdoors in Skagit County, learning from parks and each other through representational mentorship.

The Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition and Vamos Outdoors Project are bringing bikes and kids out to Galbraith.  Beginning September 2018, Vamos bikes weekly on Galbraith Mountain.  These adventures help connect everyone with the local landscape, impart bike safety and skills, and offer an evening of fun for the kids through representational mentorship.  In conjunction with WMBC’s Trail Corps program, Vamos will bike and work on trail building and maintenance.  A big thank you to WMBC and all of the mountain biking forces in Whatcom County behind the scenes who make this a reality for Vamos!

Ride Run and Dig (RRAD) host’s bike rodeos in all of the Bellingham elementary schools, which gets roughly 6,200 kids out on bikes annually!  RRAD helps Vamos with mountain bike outings, bringing bikes and expertise, as well as letting the kids get their hands dirty building trails!

Thanks to VITAL Climbing Gym, Vamos brings 5 youth in to climb once a month, exploring vertical. Indoor climbing is a challenging, purposeful activity for all ages. Climbing pushes the cardiovascular system, and challenges the participant’s sequencing skills, executive functioning, and problem solving skills. Benefits of rock climbing include building trust and teamwork, increasing physical stamina, and strengthening bonds with peers. Vamos thanks Vital for providing access and equipment, and their Spanish-language waiver forms.

The Whatcom Family Y and Vamos partner to provide swim lessons to Latinx and ELL youth. Students attend 8 swim weekly lessons, including a lesson on safety around water. Students learn to be safe in water, how to enjoy aquatic experiences, and get to play in the big and little pools. 

The Y also provides weekly access to the climbing wall for weekly climbing outings for Vamos participants. Thanks to the Y for having a great wall and great staff! 

The Bellingham Mountaineers provide climbing instruction for indoor and outdoor climbing experiences, at Mount Erie and at the Bellingham YMCA. Thanks to the Mountaineers for sharing your resources, climbing enthusiasm, and teaching time. Mount Erie is a world class destination for an introduction to rock climbing.

We work with the youth of Sterling Meadows, a local housing complex for agricultural workers who make less than 45% of the median area income.  These youth are underserved in access to outdoors and recreation, and we are helping connect the resident families with opportunities to enjoy the outdoor and recreation opportunities in the Pacific Northwest.

Vamos works with the youth and families at Villa Santa Fe, a housing community managed and subsidized by Catholic Community Services, designed for families working in the agricultural sector.  Connecting youth to the opportunities in Whatcom County is important to the future of all members of Whatcom County.

Vamos works with the youth and families at Villa Santa Fe, a housing community managed and subsidized by Catholic Community Services, designed for families working in the agricultural sector.  Connecting youth to the opportunities in Whatcom County is important to the future of all members of Whatcom County.

Skid Steer Solutions is a Bellingham-based, family run business selling compact machinery and attachments. Vamos Outdoors Project has been supported by Skid Steer Solutions since our inception, we want to thank them for their support and engagement in building community.