Wild Hearts Idaho...

...is a girl-focused and girl-led organization. Our impact is centered on building leadership skills in teen girls, ages 12-18, through outdoor adventure. Our programs combine Outdoor Adventure + Girl Leadership + Community to create engaging and supportive experience for girls to explore, grow, and lead. We engage the girl voice in our decision-making to best meet the needs of teen girls in our community.

Outdoor Adventure

Hiking

Backpacking

Rafting

Snowshoeing

Girl Leadership

Leadership Progression Model

Youth Leadership Board

Outdoor Leadership

Community

Girl-led

Inclusive & Accessible

Generational Mentorship


Our Story

We were created from an idea… “How can we empower teen girls to be courageous and confident leaders?” By connecting with teen girls, parents, youth advocates, and community stakeholders, we learned that girls in our community want more opportunities to experience the vast wild places of Idaho and grow leadership skills for their future. Our girls desire opportunities to truly connect with themselves and others, to take on leadership roles, to experience outdoor adventure, and be their uniquely silly selves. This is why we exist.

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From the beginning, the voice of girls has created who we are. Our first pilot hike launched in May 2016. We had 6 teen girls from 5 local schools. We focused on themes of goal setting, self-esteem, and identifying as a leader. We asked these girls, “When you think of a name that represents being together with other girls and women, exploring the outdoors, and having lots of fun, what kind of words comes to mind?”. This is how our name, Wild Hearts Idaho was created.

Since our first pilot hike, Wild Hearts Idaho has provided leadership and outdoor adventure experiences to 20 teen girls. Our goal for 2018 is to provide opportunity for outdoor adventure and leadership growth for 100 girls!

We are a growing organization that continues to learn from every girl each adventure. Our work is just beginning. We are determined to forever continue to amplify the girl voice within our community, to break down barriers for girls in the outdoors, and to best meet the needs of our future leaders, one adventure at a time.


Our Approach

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