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Lessons from Youth Outdoor Leaders | Part 3

The final post in this 3-part series of “Lessons from Youth Outdoor Leaders” – stories, reflections and memories shared by the most recent youth leadership graduates from Manchester Academic Charter Middle School on the Northside. 



My name is Amere. I go to Manchester Academic Charter School (MACS). I am in the Venture Outdoors program at MACS. The Venture Outdoors program is one of my electives. I think you have to be kind and respectful and help others to be in this program. My most memorable moment at Venture Outdoors was going fishing. When I went fishing, it was my first time going. I didn’t catch any fish but I didn’t get upset because I was having so much fun. As I get older, I want to get outside more. I will be in the NFL so I will be outside a lot and I will make a park for other kids so they can go outside and have fun.



My name is Bryant and I am 12 years old. I go to Manchester Academic Charter School and I’m in 7th grade. I’ve been going here since 2nd grade and I love sports – # D1Bound! Outdoor Leadership basically means to have more fun outdoors and experience new things outdoors. I am involved with Venture Outdoors because I’m in the elective class. My most memorable Venture Outdoors experience is the hiking trip from last year because when we went hiking it was a very fun experience. I knew all the basics but they taught me a lot more about hiking. As I get older, I want play in the NFL and make a park with the money.



My name is Christa and I am 12 years old. I attend Manchester Academic Charter School and I am in 7th grade. Building fires and making s’mores with the fires that we built was my favorite activity with Venture Outdoors. It was my favorite because we got to eat s’mores and I love to eat. I chose the Venture Outdoors leadership program because it was an elective choice at my school. Outdoor leadership is if everyone is not following the outdoor rules you may be the only person following them by showing leadership skills.

Christa enjoying her time (maybe?) learning about air quality in Pittsburgh by examining a real set of pig’s lungs with Group Against Smog & Pollution (GASP)


Hello! I’m John. I’m 12 and I love to be active outside. I attend MACS and it helps me get involved with Venture Outdoors leadership. I think that outdoor leadership is a leader who helps nature and outdoors. When I was younger, I went kayaking with my dad in a man-made pond. It was different from kayaking in the river because the water in the pond was cleaner. I didn’t think that I would like kayaking in the river, but when we went kayaking down the river it was comfortable and fun. As I get older, I will need to know how to keep the outdoors safe while doing what I want to do as a dream (building skyscrapers and houses).

John geocaching in Allegheny Commons in search of hidden treasure


Hi! My name is Robert and I’m 12 years. My favorite memory of Venture Outdoors is when I went on a field trip to a camp to do a high ropes course and it was fun. It was my first time doing that and I wanted to complete every part of the course. Outdoor leadership is helping others if they get hurt or lost.

Robert geocaching with his team leader and classmates


Hi! My name is Matthew and I am in a leader ship class in my school at MACS. The best thing I did as part of this leadership course was go snowtubing because it was fun and I had never done that before.

Matthew completing the high ropes course at Camp Guyasuta

Makiyah and Kashmere

Our names are Makiyah and Kashmere and we are 12 year old girls who are sisters. We attend Manchester Academic Charter School and the school is good fit for us both. When we first got to middle school it was a different change from when we were in elementary school. We also thought the electives were fun – it was awesome meeting our new teachers and also some new friends. But when got to Venture Outdoor Leadership elective, we thought it was fun because we got to go outside and get some fresh air and do outdoor activities with our friends. We went kayaking, we went on hikes and more! Two memories that were our favorite: making s’mores and making fire buildings. The reason why we like making s’mores so much is because we both live s’mores a lot! And the reason why we both liked building fire houses is because we were allowed to make it anything we wanted.




My name is Darryl and I am 12 years old. I play a lot of sports and like trying new things. We go on field trips and do fun and special activities. We would always go on the trail every week. I think outdoor leadership is making the right choice and sticking up for the community. I want to play football when I get older. When my mom first heard about venture outdoors, she asked me if I wanted to participate and I said I didn’t want to do it. But, when I tried it, it was fun!

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