Policy & Advocacy
No Child Left Inside Coalition
Washington State has a national reputation for scenic beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities. The No Child Left Inside Coalition was created to ensure that young people - especially those in underserved communities-have access to high-quality programs that enable them to learn in and about the great outdoors. The 12 members of the NCLI Coalition had a clear common goal: persuading policymakers to include $1.5 million in the state budget for outdoor education and recreation programming. However, they lacked a unifying force to allow them to speak with one voice and the expertise needed to lobby effectively in Olympia. LBC Action created the NCLI coalition to empower them to organize and advocate, building consensus among the partners and engaging an experienced professional lobbyist, Craig Engelking, an LBC Action Team member. In a challenging budget year, LBC Action and the NCLI Coalition celebrated a major victory for Washington State’s youth: new funding for a grant program that will continue to positively impact 20,000 children in communities across the state in 2020 and 2021.
California Outdoor Engagement Coalition
Through cross-sector partnerships, the California Outdoor Engagement Coalition expands transformational experiences in the outdoors for youth who reflect the overall demographics of California. LBC Action partnered with the California Outdoor Engagement Coalition to help put equity and diversity at the center of a bill to create a State Outdoor Recreation Office. Drawing on decades of experience working with diverse audiences, LBC Action identified the author of the bill, helped build consensus around language for the bill, and served as a conduit between the bill’s author and the California Outdoor Engagement Coalition. This spring, the bill (AB-1111) passed unanimously through the California Assembly.
Outdoor Industry Association
The Outdoor Industry Association is a membership-driven trade organization for the outdoor industry. Founded in 1989, OIA is a force for the industry in recreation and trade policy, sustainable business innovation, and increasing outdoor participation. LBC Action partnered with OIA on an effort to pass a bill that would create a State Recreation Office in Minnesota, a model implemented in ten other states, including Washington State. OIA engaged LBC Action to facilitate communications and advocacy between lobby groups and the public and find common ground between stakeholders in government, nonprofit, and business sectors.