Charles Roundtree Bloom Project

2020 Grant Recipient of $5,000

About Charles Roundtree Bloom Project

Charles Roundtree Bloom Project offers healing-centered outdoor experiences and culturally relevant environmental education for youth of incarcerated parents in San Antonio, Texas - 75% of its program participants are young women and 100% are young people of color. Founded in 2019, the Bloom Project expands access to the healing power of nature through programs that include outdoor activities and safe, supportive spaces to explore police- and incarceration-related traumas. The Bloom Project is wholly staffed by women of color who bring a diverse set of experiences to their mentorship work, and programs are 100% free to participants.

Only 1% of Texas state park participants identify as Black. By connecting youth of color to the outdoors, we are diversifying outdoor spaces and showing our youth that they belong in these spaces.

Ki'Amber Thompson

Founder, Charles Roundtree Bloom Project

Creating Spaces Where We Can Breathe

A $5K grant from The Cairn Project will help The Bloom Project launch its newly formulated pod structure programming - an adaptation to COVID-19 it is navigating less than a year into its operations. Each mentorship pod of 4-6 students and 1-2 mentor will gather regularly throughout the academic year, with a winter camping trip to Sam Houston National Forest and a spring excursion to Big Bend National Park. Support from The Cairn Project will cover expenses including food, transportation, and PPE - this program is free to participants!

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