Since 2016, more than 90 emerging leaders from urban and indigenous communities across the country have participated in Fresh Tracks training expeditions.
These alumni have returned home to Austin, Alaska, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and other communities across the country equipped with new skills and perspectives to make a lasting impact on the places they live. We invite you to meet these change agents, and other people impacted by Fresh Tracks:
Meet some of our participants below .
You can also visit The Voices of Fresh Tracks blog on Tumblr.
Fresh Tracks ‘16, ‘17
Home: Arctic Village Alaska
Tribal Affiliation: Gwich’in
Experience: Pilot Program participant, Trainer at 2017 Fresh Tracks Trainer Summit
“Visiting each other’s homes helped me learn about L.A. culture. And learning about white papers and advocacy helped me realize what I can do to support their fight and make my own changes.”
Home: Chicago, Illinois
Experience: Completed Fresh Tracks Trainer Summit in 2017, Panelist at 2018 Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Form Spring Convening
“I left many of these conversations throughout the duration of the camp with what I believe will be a lifetime of knowledge. With the realization that we share similar hardships, I feel the urge to do more and learn more. The summit was transformative for me on so many levels. But was a personal experience with nature that left the greatest impression on me.”
Fresh Tracks ‘16, ‘17
Home: Compton, California
Experience: Pilot Program participant, participated in White House Roundtable on Diversity, Youth, and the Outdoors, Trainer at 2017 Fresh Tracks Trainer Summit
“Fresh Tracks is helping me grow. Personally, it’s helping me see that I can do much more, and that I can make a change in my community. I want to be the person who is helping the youth. I want them to see that they can make it to where they want to go – and if they really put their dream out there and chase it and not give up, it’s possible.”
Fresh Tracks ‘17 and ‘18
Home: Boston, Massachusetts
Experience: Completed Fresh Tracks Train the Trainer Summit, two-time Fresh Tracks panelist at Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Forum convenings, Trainer at 2018 Fresh Tracks Northeast Training
"Fresh Tracks was a great experience, especially seeing nature and kayaking for the first time. Overcoming my fear of water was big. Another important part of Fresh Tracks was the culture exchange. Before, I was naive to some of the struggles that my brother Trenton might experience on his reservation."
Fresh Tracks ‘16, ‘17, ‘18
Home: Barrow, Alaska
Tribal Affiliation: Iñupiat
Experience: Fresh Tracks Pilot Program participant, participated in White House Roundtable on Diversity, Youth, and the Outdoors, Trainer at 2017 Fresh Tracks Trainer Summit, two-time Fresh Tracks panelist in Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Forum convenings
“I see Fresh Tracks helping me become a leader by giving me the skills to communicate with my community. I actually have an idea of starting my own leadership camp in Barrow for younger kids.”
Fresh Tracks ‘16
Home: Los Angeles, California
Experience: Fresh Tracks Pilot Program participant, Trainer at 2017 Fresh Tracks Trainer Summit
"My Fresh Tracks experience gave me a better understanding of myself and the way I value relationships. Meeting people I wasn’t sure to gain a bond with and developing a sense of importance through the training I feel has prepared me to set a higher standard to the way I mentally assess and approach future endeavors.”
Fresh Tracks ‘17
Home: Eagle Butte, South Dakota
Tribal Affiliation: Cheyenne River Sioux
Experience: Completed Fresh Tracks Train the Trainer Summit, Panelist at 2017 Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Forum Fall Convening
"One of my favorite parts of the Fresh Tracks experience was meeting so many amazing people representing their communities in a positive way. I learned how to break down ideas via a comprehensive action plan, simplifying the more complicated aspects of planning various events. I can teach others the power of influence among any size group of people. It doesn't take the entire world to make a change, just one person dedicated to influencing the people around him/her into envisioning that change themselves."