Our team is growing at Wilderness Youth Project and we are pleased to welcome two new administrative staff members, Gloria Sanchez-Arreola and Laura Powell.
Gloria is an SB transplant and proud “Noleta” resident. Growing up in EL LAY (aka the concrete jungle of Los Angeles) and coming from a working class background, Gloria did not have access to or experience connecting with nature. When she came to UCSB, Santa Barbara sparked her interest in the healing power of nature. Gloria is a mother of two beautiful children that continue to push her to be moved by nature in profound ways. Her passion has always been working with youth, families and communities for equity, access and justice. As WYP’s Volunteer Recruiter, she is humbled to be a part of the No Child Left Inside movement that strives to create an inclusive and diverse space for all and inspires underrepresented communities to get outdoors and (re)connect with nature. She strongly believes that a connection with nature motivates EVERYONE to appreciate and protect nature for the generations to come.
A dedicated non-profit finance professional and Wellesley College alumna, Laura spent seven years working for EcoLogic Development Fund, an organization that empowers rural and indigenous peoples to restore and protect tropical ecosystems in Central America and Mexico. When she’s not crunching numbers at work, she’s usually doing something crafty or creative, or going on adventures with her wife and their dog, both in the Santa Barbara area and further afield. The three of them have driven cross-country together four times in the last three years!
Welcome, Laura and Gloria!
More about WYP
Wilderness Youth Project (WYP) promotes meaningful social change through an innovative, nature-based mentoring program. We use a mentoring curriculum that combines experience in nature with a hands-on learning process. Our programs return children to the traditions of childhood: outdoor time, child-centered exploration, skill/self-esteem development and connection with the natural world.