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Raleigh Selected for Let’s Move! Outside Initiative to Get Kids Out and into Nature

Last month, the City of Raleigh was selected as one of 50 cities across the country to engage the next generation of outdoor stewards and inspire millions of young adults to play, learn, serve and work in the great outdoors. Mayor Nancy McFarlane joined David Jayo, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, and YMCA of the Triangle CEO Doug McMillan in July to announce Raleigh’s selection through the U.S. Interior Department’s leadership of the Let’s Move! Outside initiative.

Doug McMillan, CEO YMCA of the Triangle. and Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane

Doug McMillan, CEO, YMCA of the Triangle. and Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane

The initiative, funded through a $5 million national commitment by the American Express Foundation, will provide two years of funding for the YMCA of the Triangle to help coordinate efforts, facilitate collaboration, grow resources, and increase participation in outdoor programs on all public lands – from local parks to federal lands and waters.

“Many people in our urban neighborhoods don’t have the chance to experience all that our public lands in and around the city have to offer,” McMillan said. “This initiative will help us bring together leaders in conservation, education, recreation and service to provide opportunities for children and families to have fun, deepen their connection to the city’s natural and historic sites, develop important skills and engage in activities where they can give back to strengthen our community.”

“Raleigh is blessed with amazing public parks and a strong network of public and nonprofit leaders committed to getting kids outdoors, active and connected to nature,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.  “Through this new partnership with financial support from the American Express Foundation and community connections of the YMCA, we are nurturing a movement to foster the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts, stewards and leaders, while helping young people connect to the public lands in their community.”

Raleigh joins 26 cities announced in 2015. The remaining cities will continue be announced throughout 2016. For more information about the initiative, visit:

The U.S. Department of Interior. Check out this WRAL coverage of the announcement.

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