Updated: Sep 14
SheJumps is announcing the 2021 Wilderness First Aid scholarship pilot program and encourages all interested self-identifying Women of Color to apply.
In 2019, SheJumps set a goal—create a donation option to generate funds that directly support equitable access for Women of Color to outdoor education programs. Today, SheJumps is announcing two fully funded Wilderness First Aid courses for self-identifying Women of Color, one in Seattle, and one in the Denver metro area; in its inaugural year, this scholarship will be lottery-based.
The SheJumps Wilderness First Aid scholarship pilot program aims to reach a specific population who has been historically excluded from outdoor activities due to institutional, systemic, and cultural discrimination. Moving forward, SheJumps would like to expand scholarship opportunities to include First Aid courses nationwide.
This pilot program was made possible by individual SheJumps donors who strongly believe in offering equitable access to outdoor spaces to Women of Color. Wilderness First Aid training (WFA) training not only educates around life-saving skills, but it’s intensive training that cultivates connection and community.
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is an intensive 16-hour program (2 days) that teaches important outdoor safety skills, and is frequently required training for jobs in outdoor recreation. Participants will receive an American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) Wilderness First Aid certification card at the completion of class. We encourage interested self-identifying Women of Color in the Seattle and Denver areas to apply to the scholarship. We are working with CPR Seattle (WA) and Desert Mountain Medicine (CO) to provide the certification.
Embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is core to the evolution of the SheJumps mission as an organization to increase the participation of all women and girls in outdoor activities. SheJumps acknowledges there is institutional and structural inequity to accessing the outdoors and is committed to addressing inequity, systems of exclusion, and building a community of belonging for all women and girls. The future of outdoor recreation depends on our commitment to DEI and accessibility from an economic, social justice, and environmental justice standpoint.
SheJumps commitment to DEI allows us to:
Develop a deeper understanding, with better representation and broader membership/volunteer base, that is more reflective of demographics of communities in the SheJumps network, and;
Engage in thoughtful accountability-taking that influences institutional change by addressing intersectional forms of oppression including (but not limited to) racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, classism, xenophobia; and
Support the development of s talent and leadership in our own organization and across the outdoor recreation community
Course Locations & Dates:
Seattle, WA Wilderness First Aid Course
Course Dates: December 4-5, 2021
Course Location: 118 NE 45th Street, Suite B, Seattle WA 98105
Provider: CPR Seattle
Course Information: https://www.cprseattle.com/wilderness-first-aid
14 scholarships available
Denver, CO Wilderness First Aid Course
Course Dates: November 20-21, 2021
Course Location: American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401
Provider: Desert Mountain Medicine
Course Information: https://desertmountainmedicine.com/outdoor-rescue-training-courses/wfa/
12 scholarships available
How to Apply:
Apply through the application link below by 11:59 PM PST on September 30, 2021. Winners will be notified via email by October 5, 2021.
The Wilderness First Aid Scholarship is lottery-based. Eligible applicants include all self-identifying Women of Color aged 18+. Because this is a lottery-based scholarship, we are unable to review any specific financial considerations per applicant.
Scholarship recipients must be able to attend both days of the Wilderness First Aid course on December 4-5, 2021 in Seattle, WA or November 20-21 in Golden, CO.
The scholarship will cover the cost of the Wilderness First Aid course. Travel and food expenses are not included.
Application Link: https://forms.gle/cP1d2MxF7f7GqzY76
SheJumps is building an outdoor community to which we can all belong. We welcome all women and girls (transgender and cisgender) as well as non-binary people who self-identify with the women’s community. SheJumps strives to fight against racism and acknowledges that our events and programs take place on traditional, unceded, and stolen Indigenous lands.