REI Grant

In 2007 Greening Youth Foundation (GYF) began as an environmental educational organization, conducting conservation lessons in elementary schools throughout Gwinnett County. GYF has grew from a team of three non-paid volunteers to a staff of over 20 full time employees and consultants.

The focus and mission remains the same, to engage under-represented youth and young adults, while connecting them to the outdoors and careers in conservation. GYF’s culturally based environmental education programming engages children and young adults from local communities and exposes them to healthy lifestyles choices as well career opportunity in the green job sector. These efforts combined provides opportunity to create an overall healthy community for generations to come.

GYF has long partnered with REI as we collectively work to connect underrepresented youth and young adults to the outdoors. GYF is a proud recipient of the 2021-2022 REI Co-op Philanthropy Grant. This $20,000 grant will help GYF continue our work in connecting black and brown youth to the outdoors through pathways in education and workforce development.

REI-Co-op believes that a life outdoors is a life well lived- and that our connection to nature is essential to our humanity. Likewise, GYF was founded on the premise that every young person should have access to the incredible natural spaces throughout Georgia and the country. GYF is appreciative of REI Co-op for your continued support of our programming and people.

About our partner-

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 20 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 168 locations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company that runs more than 100 itineraries across the country. In many communities where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.

Brian Powell
Market Coordinator
REI Local Brand Engagement & Impact – Atlanta |

“We inspire, educate and outfit for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship.”