Soul River Runs Wild – Connecting Inner City Youth with Veterans

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Soul River Runs Wild’s Mission:

We connect inner city youth and US military veterans to the outdoors through incredible outdoor educational transformation experiences. By engaging U.S veterans as mentors for inner city youth, we believe that rich, powerful opportunities of healing authentically happen in the midst of Mother Nature. We believe that by connecting youth and veterans to our public lands, wild rivers and fresh waters, and beyond through genuine community, we will ultimately establish and inspire a new generation of outdoor leader ambassadors that will advocate for Mother Nature and conservation.

Soul River is a nonprofit organization focusing on bringing veterans as mentors and inner city youth together into the wild rivers of nature inspiring the youth by becoming a guardian, teacher or role model as an act of service into the outdoors. The hope is that it encourages youth participants to grow and become ambassadors of our natural environment.

Spending time embraced in currents of river water fly fishing, trekking majestic forested trails, and witnessing a bald eagle or elk in its habitat is healing. Connecting with nature is a powerful outlet to reduce stress, find focus, sharpen self-awareness, embrace spirituality, and develop positive values beneficial to both the individual and community. Soul River unites youth and veterans on challenging yet rewarding adventures at zero cost where they become part of something bigger than themselves, developing into strong leaders in the outdoors and their communities.

The wild rivers of the Pacific Northwest provide an ideal setting for a unique and educational education and Soul River Inc. classrooms are amphibious based on of of the wildest and most awe-inspiring locations.  It takes practice to learn outdoor skills and time on the river to develop leadership.  Soul River believes that living and learning by our rivers in untouched places will teach students responsibility and veterans healing with a purpose.  To learn more and how you can help Soul River make a difference in these youth’s lives please click on the banner below.

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