After spending more than eight years serving students in Title 1 schools, Alex’s passion for expanding access to outdoor opportunities for all youth in our region led him to the H. E. Butt Foundation Outdoor School.
Alex’s love for the outdoors was ignited as a summer camp counselor in New Hampshire where he spent each of his collegiate summers developing life-long bonds with campers and counselors. His experience as a camp counselor allowed him to witness the transformative power nature has on youth development. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University, Alex served as a Teach For America corps member in the Rio Grande Valley and later became a leadership development coach with Teach for America San Antonio. His experience in both the classroom and as a leadership coach afforded him the opportunity to see the “adventure gap” in outdoor programming for youth, specifically in urban San Antonio.
This lack of opportunity in the outdoors, particularly for youth of color, led Alex to launch Black Outside, Inc with a mission of reconnecting Black/African-American youth to the outdoors through culturally relevant programming. His work with Black Outside, Inc has been recognized by the National Wild Gift Fellowship and TEDxSan Antonio.
Alex currently resides in San Antonio where he spends his time mentoring young men of color.
Myles and his family have been greatly influenced by the H. E. Butt Foundation programs across multiple generations. His great aunt, grandma, mother, and brother all attended Laity Lodge Youth Camp as children and, further, his aunt, brother, and sister each worked on Youth Camp’s summer staff. As for Myles, he himself went to Youth Camp as a child and his work resume at camp includes positions as Echo Valley Counselor, Program Crew Boss, and Canyon Club Director. He also spent many weekends with Laity Lodge Family Camp as the Activities Director. Each of these positions allowed Myles to gain valuable outdoor activity skills and a talent for working with youth and families.
For Myles, this time spent participating in and working for the camping programs has been instrumental in his development personally and professionally. “The values upheld by these programs are the same values that I uphold now, and I am comforted by the fact that I get to broaden my family’s ties to the H. E. Butt Foundation in my work with the Outdoor School.”
From youth and in college, Myles was an avid baseball player, and his hobbies now include playing and watching sports, various types of fitness, and simply spending time being active outdoors. Myles graduated from UT San Antonio with a degree in Mathematics with the intention of being a schoolteacher. Now he gets to use his knowledge and skills to teach in the outdoor ‘classroom’. Myles brings passion and experience in his work with the Outdoor School and feels “privileged to get to promote outdoor activity in youth for the betterment of school communities”.
Tasha grew up in Moulton, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences with an emphasis in Youth Development. In college, Tasha was heavily involved in YoungLife Ministries, and worked with junior high students in Bryan, Texas. She worked as a counselor for Echo Valley in 2014. The following two summers, Tasha was a backpacking guide for Sky Ranch Ute Trail. This experience allowed Tasha to stay connected with her fellow Laity Lodgers because she got to lead the annual Outbound trip.
After graduation and her final summer as a Sky Ranch guide, Tasha worked as an outdoor educator for the Houston Outdoor Education Center in Trinity, Texas. Her hobbies include running, reading, and climbing. Tasha expressed the following, “I’m excited for the opportunity to do the work I love in the place that I love, to help students experience the Canyon in new and exciting ways.
Tasha’s direct experience working within the Outdoor Ed field will bring tremendous impacts for the thousands of students Outdoor serves. Tasha’s relationships and experience with LLYC will also support our continued work across program lines.
Barrett is a recent graduate from Texas A&M University, with a degree in Recreation Park & Tourism Sciences.
He has spent twelve summers out in the Canyon, with seven of those summers working for the LLYC and LLFC programs.
Barrett shared the following statement, “I am incredibly excited to be working for the H. E. Butt Foundation and specifically for the Outdoor School program. I look forward to showing the beauty of the Canyon to the many school groups that we will be serving this coming year.”
Meagan recently graduated with a degree in Biology from Baylor University. Sic Em Bears!
She has worked with Outdoor Adventure at Baylor for the last four years and is stoked for all the continuing adventure to come in the Canyon.
Meagan enjoys spending time outdoors, mountain biking, kayaking, reading and drinking a good cup of coffee. She has also been a YoungLife leader for the last three years and looks forward to the spiritual development and ministry that this intern year will bring.