Ismael Cruz

Ismael Cruz is the founder of Growing Up Wild, a bilingual outdoor education program that primarily serves youth based in Watsonville, California, and strives to help connect youth with nature, build character, and learn about the environment by providing outdoor-based experiential programs that foster socio-emotional well-being and environmental stewardship. 

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Growing Up Wild: Fostering Youth Development through Education and Environmental Stewardship

Breaking out of and into oneself simultaneously characterizes the turbulent nature of youth. The limits of the relationship between oneself, others, and the world speak most loudly in our doubt and mistakes. Coming into oneself means testing the boundaries of possibility and inevitably going through disequilibrium. Youth reminds us of the curiosity and awe that … READ MORE