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AORE knows that members must continually adapt and grow in order to keep pace with the dynamic field of outdoor recreation and education. To this end, we offer a wide range of professional development opportunities to current and aspiring outdoor programmers. We cater our services and our professional development to those working in colleges, universities and junior colleges, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and the military. Our programming---Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), Global University (GU), Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium (OOPS), and the Women’s Leadership Mentorship Institute (WLMI)---is designed to support diverse viewpoints, provide mentorship, foster the exchange of best practices and trends, and build skills through classroom learning and outdoor experiences. We also promote and partner on relevant industry events and trainings for members seeking out specific certifications and credentials. And we ensure that inspiring keynote speakers, robust panel discussions, and interactive learning options aboundmaking for an immersive and unique attendee experience.
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Our Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) furthers the goal of advancing professionals and students in outdoor recreation and education. This program provides participants an inclusive environment to exchange information, network, and address critical issues in the outdoor field.
With partnership by AORE and G Adventures, the AORE and G Adventures Global University is intently aimed at the academic and experiential format of global outdoor learning to foster a community of experts within collegiate outdoor recreation and education.
Women within AORE that are looking to advance in the profession and organization by improving leadership skills and technical skills are invited to be mentored by women in AORE possessing technical knowledge / experience, strong leadership capacity or positional leadership experiences.
Through participation in WLMI, we anticipate our mentees will gain valuable knowledge on how to navigate, access, and succeed in outdoor leadership roles, such as field course leaders, program directors, committee chairs, conference presenters, executive directors, and board of directors. Our mentors work with mentees to develop a strong relationship for positive role modeling, support, and guidance. Participants can expect to experience an increase of confidence in their outdoor leadership abilities and outdoor technical skills; acquire or enhance technical skills essential to credibility or advancement in the industry, and interpersonal skills crucial to maintaining or advancing in positional leadership (empowered, gaining confidence). We invite our participants to take a leadership role through volunteer service, public / conference speaking, or considering professional advancement. Some mentees become mentors for the next generation of women participants.
Mentors in the institute contribute to the development of women leaders in the organization and industry by establishing or elevating their connection to AORE and their service to AORE, as well as the programs, services and tools offered. Each of our mentors becomes an ambassador for the organization and works to develop a strong relationship with their mentee, acting as a positive role model. We invite mentors to share technical and leadership capacity-building experiences and expertise, cultivate an inclusive space for women leaders, and train others to serve diverse student populations in their own outdoor programs. Part of our curriculum focuses on using the outdoors as a place to opt out of cultural pressures to conform—the ‘supposed tos’ and the ‘shoulds’ that underpin outdated stereotypes. The institute strives to provide the capacity to help the association increase female participatory leadership, contributing to the goal of increasing female representation in AORE leadership roles (presenting, committees, leadership / BOD) by 20% by 2020. More information coming soon about our next WLMI cohort!
OOPS is dedicated to bringing program directors, school administrators, student leaders, researchers, and land managers together to discuss strategies for supporting students in wilderness pre-orientation... Read More
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