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Blue Sky Fund

Inner Growth through Outdoor Adventure

Richmond, VA   |  www.blueskyfund.org

Mission

To provide transformational experiences for Richmond area youth through outdoor education.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Mrs. Amanda Godbold Payne

Main address

P.O. Box 8108

Richmond, VA 23223 USA

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EIN

14-1985225

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We believe in the power of outdoor experiences to improve youth’s overall well-being, but also know that not all children - especially youth living in under-resourced areas served by Blue Sky Fund - have the same access to nature. We want every child in our City to benefit from being outside and learning about the natural world around us.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Explorers

Explorers provides 3rd-5th grade Richmond Public Schools (RPS) students and teachers in 12 Title I schools with nature-based education. Access to such experiences advances Richmond’s racial equity in the outdoors, as well as complements RPS' efforts to improve academic performance in science and schools' accreditation status. Through the Explorers program, students enhance comprehension of Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) science concepts through ongoing hands-on learning. We help students create a sense of place, highlighting the connections that exist between their lives and their local environments while strengthening their skills of observation, targeted questioning, and data collection and analysis.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The Outdoor Leadership Institute (OLI) is a year-long program for high school students from the Richmond area that launched in 2008. This program brings together students from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds for an immersive 5-day wilderness trip and monthly community service projects, designed to foster individual growth, increase personal resiliency, and cultivate leadership skills. Students convene to learn backcountry basics before hitting the trail for five days in Grayson Highlands State Park. The group also completes monthly community service projects, such as planting trees, preparing rooms at a housing shelter, and learning about food access through urban farming. During the 2022-23 program year, Service Saturdays have expanded its focus as a way to expose students to the potential careers and pathways that exist within and outside of the spaces of experiential learning and outdoor adventures.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Blue Sky Fund’s Outdoor Adventure Clubs (OACs) deliver weekly after-school outdoor programming to City of Richmond middle school students. First launched in 2011, OACs are a core program of Blue Sky and are focused on developing confidence and resilience in mastering new skills by introducing students to outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, paddling, and rock climbing. Through weekly programming, diverse students are immersed in a specific outdoor activity for 2-3 weeks leading up to an expedition trip in the great outdoors that challenges youth to use their newfound skills in the field. Along with mastering new skills, BSF’s OACs provide safe spaces for students to build confidence and resilience as they overcome challenges with the support of trauma-informed care trained staff.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Blue Sky’s vision is to give every young person the opportunity to discover themselves by actively engaging the natural world. We achieve this by focusing on two main goals:
1) to help children achieve academic success, especially in the sciences, through active outdoor education that is appropriate for their current science curriculum
2) to develop character and leadership through outdoor experiences that expand horizons, increase confidence, and build collaboration skills

Financials

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Blue Sky Fund

Board of directors
as of 06/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Margo Webb

Richmond City and Henrico County Health Departments

Term: 2022 -

Emily Gottwald

Community Volunteer

Debbie Edwards

CarMax

Ty Toepke

Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation

Logan Vetrovec

VCU

Sallie Pruitt

Pruitt Resources

Sally Hunnicutt

VCU Chemistry

Darin Moore

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Margo Webb

Richmond City and Henrico County Health Departments

Kim Bailey

Henry L. Marsh III Elementary School

Brad Nott

Atlantic Union Bank

Jummai Sarki-Hurd

Virginia Retirement System

Nina E. Marino

Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

Kathy Hoverman, P.E.

KCI Technologies, Inc.

Sue Davies

Markel

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/21/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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