Boundless Washington, a program of the Office of the Lt. Governor, is a statewide outdoor leadership development program for young people with disabilities. The purpose of the program is twofold:
To facilitate opportunities for young people with physical and sensory disabilities to enjoy and experience the outdoors, and
To inspire young people with disabilities to become leaders in their communities through integrated leadership development training.
The backbone of Boundless Washington is a series of 6 annual weekend outdoor excursions, featuring activities such as skiing, hiking, camping, and more. Integral to each excursion is the Boundless Washington leadership development framework, which integrates proven leadership development curricula into each outdoor activity. Thus, Boundless Washington fellows will not only gain practical outdoors skills; they will also challenge themselves personally and develop valuable leadership skills.The Boundless Washington fellowship will be comprised of 10-15 student leaders selected from throughout the state who are interested in exploring the outdoors, challenging themselves, and are motivated to make our state and their immediate communities more inclusive. The program will be open to middle and high school students, with students participating for a maximum of two years. The Lt. Governor's office and its partners plan to launch the program in the fall of 2019.
To design and implement Boundless Washington, the Office of the Lt. Governor has partnered with the Outdoors For All and No Barriers non-profit organizations, which specialize in providing accessible outdoor activities and leadership development training for people with disabilities.
The program's host organization is the Association of Washington Generals, a statewide non-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate and recognize leadership in Washington state.