Wasn't sure where to place this thread...moderators feel free to move it if there's a more appropriate forum.
Looking for the best non-profits focused on introducing disadvantaged and at-risk urban youth to the outdoors. Particularly interested in groups focused on the SF Bay Area, New York, Boston, Seattle and groups working nationally.
Several that my wife and I know of:
1) Bay Area Wilderness Training at http://www.bawt.org/ (located in the Bay Area)
Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT), a project of non-profit Earth Island Institute (which was founded by environmentalist and climber David Brower), was founded with the idea that California’s bountiful wilderness areas are a vast – yet untapped – resource for local youth-serving organizations. BAWT promotes the wise use of these national, state and regional parks through our professional wilderness leadership training. Then, we connect the teachers and youth workers to our outdoor gear libraries. That way, youth organizations and schools may outfit their groups for trips of their own – free of charge!
2) Big City Mountaineers http://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/about (not sure if they operate outside of CO)
3) Peak 7 focused on Washington and Oregon http://www.peak7.org/