BRUNSWICK, MAINE/ March 19, 2014 — Teens To Trails Founder Carol Leone was selected by the White House as a “Champion of Change: Engaging the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders” for her efforts to engage communities and youth in environmental stewardship and conservation. She was honored yesterday, March 18, 2014, by the White House along with 13 other local heroes who, through innovative approaches, are creating opportunities for the next generation of Americans to take part in outdoor recreation and physical activity. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell greeted each Champion and spoke at the gathering in celebration of these local leaders from across the country who are working to get young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors. She shared the following story about Carol Leone and her work with Teens To Trails:
“Seven years ago, Carol Leone founded an organization called Teens To Trails based on a simple, replicable concept: If every high school in Maine offered an Outing Club program, every student would have access to safe, healthy and fun outdoor experiences just at the time in their life when they need positive choices the most. Since that time, Carol has led the Teens To Trails movement to increase the opportunities for Maine teens to experience the out-of-doors through a variety of programs that promote and support high school Outing Clubs. Teens To Trails began with one individual, grew in size and scope through the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers, and has transitioned to a growing membership organization supporting Outing Clubs across the State. All Carol’s efforts are dedicated to the memory of her younger daughter, Sara, who’s strong connection to the out-of-doors was instrumental in developing the confident and caring, passionate and compassionate young lady she had become in her short 15 years.”
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. The White House is currently featuring each of these Champions on their website. To read more about Carol Leone and learn more about the White House Champions of Change program, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions.
You can listen to recognition given to Carol Leone and Teens To Trails at the event on the White House YouTube Channel – go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2XVT2I_hbg
About TEENS TO TRAILS:
Teens To Trails is a charitable nonprofit organization engaging Maine teens in the outdoors. T3’s goal is to establish an Outing Club in every Maine high school community, thereby promoting fun outdoor adventures, healthy lifestyles and environmental stewardship. For more information on Teens To Trails & how to get involved, visit www.TeensToTrails.org.