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North Cascades Institute


Inspire and empower environmental stewardship for all through transformative educational experiences in nature.

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Hello, my name is Flor and I participated in the Institute's YLA program. I hope that you'll consider making a gift to North Cascades Institute. You won't just be supporting a student for one trip; you'll be supporting a student to have a whole new perspective on life that will carry into the future. That's how you supported me. I was hesitant to sign up because my family was not financially stable at the time. But the people and the program really drew me in and knowing scholarships were available made it possible. Before YLA, I had been on a few day hikes but I had never hiked or backpacked surrounded by wilderness. But my instructors taught me not only the basics of backpacking and outdoor living; they taught me how to be a real leader. Now, I continue to share my learning and enthusiasm to create a better tomorrow with others. Now in college, I have become a part of a club, which helps women of all ages and backgrounds get outside and explore while also fundraising for environmental causes. I also want to give back to the Institute and was excited to serve as an apprentice last summer - inspiring change in students' lives by connecting them to the outdoors. The experiences at the Institute provide students with lifelong lessons and create deep connections between students and the outdoors. It is only because of your charitable contributions that all of this is possible. Thank you so much for making a gift so that together, we can make an impact on the next generation and on the world. Sincerely, Flor Hernandez