Community Spotlight: SheJumps
Since 2007, SheJumps’ mission has been to get more women and girls participating in outdoor activities. For the organization, jumping is a metaphor and the outdoors is a blank canvas where one can build skills to create safe, fun, and meaningful adventures. “Nature is where we go to become who we are meant to be,” says SheJumps board member and clinical psychologist Dr. Sara Boilen.
Even if nature is where we belong, SheJumps recognizes there are many barriers to the outdoors, and that not all are the same. Improving access to outdoor activities and fostering more women leaders—especially among Women of Color—begins with educational opportunities, along with mentorship. These relationships are key to helping women build self-sufficient skills across various outdoor activities.
That’s why SheJumps provides access points for all women and girls—regardless of background, age, race, and ability—to find belonging in the outdoors.
2017 SheJumps Wild Skills Day Camp in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Photo credit: April Webster
SheJumps jumped into Silicon Valley in the winter of 2019 with their first event in partnership with Sports Basement, a Wax & Wine workshop. This event was followed soon after with the inaugural Get the Girls Out! at Squaw Mountain.
2019 SheJumps and Sports Basement Wax & Wine
with instructors Taya Perry and Summer Caratachea
Photo credit: Amy Cho
As with most in-person programming, SheJumps’ efforts in California were put on pause with the start of the pandemic. Instead, SheJumps has been offering online events, which increase access to their programming from the comfort of your home. Don’t miss out on events near you by subscribing to the SheJumps Eventbrite calendar.
To kick off the 2021 spring season, SheJumps California will be partnering once again with Sports Basement, this time to offer an online Basic Bike Mechanics Workshop with instructor Anna Guzman, 2x Ironman 70.3 World Champion Qualifier. SheJumps is also very excited to have added volunteers in California by increasing representation both in Silicon Valley and Lake Tahoe, and expanding south towards Los Angeles. The expanded team is working on rolling out more online regional-specific programming to the community in the hopes of reaching even more women and girls, so stay tuned!
You can also expect to see more SheJumps standard online programming, featuring series such as “Calling Women In” which spotlights women with careers in outdoor fields, and the new “Getting Started” series which is specifically designed for beginners in the outdoors.
A FOCUS ON EQUITY
SheJumps was founded on the idea of gender equity, but we’re constantly re-evaluating how our mission and programs impact all women and girls, specifically underrepresented groups and marginalized populations. The outdoors is a place for amazing personal transformation, but getting there can be challenging and expensive. Using diversity, equity, and inclusion as a lens for our programs, we are really excited to build more introductory programs and expand scholarship opportunities, such as our Snowpack Scholarship, where 50% of all scholarships go to Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color.
2017 Women's Climbing and Yoga Workshop at Planet Granite in Belmont
with Doris Palmer (Yoga), Cristina Marcalow (Mental Training), and Roxanne Chiu (Climbing Technique)
Photo credit: April Webster
GET INVOLVED WITH SHEJUMPS CALIFORNIA
You can get involved with SheJumps at all levels to make a difference in igniting human potential through outdoor play.
- Subscribe to SheJumps email newsletters.
- Donate to help SheJumps continue their impactful work to empower women and girls.
- Join the California regional team–applications open once a year.
- Become a volunteer!
- Join the California SheJumps Facebook Group.
- Contribute: Have a fun SheJumps story? Share it with the team as a blog post or by tagging @SheJumps on social media.
For more information, please reach out to April Webster - California Regional Coordinator (email@example.com).
Maureen Downey says...
I am a single mother with a 12 year old daughter and 11 year son. Would like to learn more. MOn June 07, 2021