Our Team & Volunteers

Angelica HolmesDirector of Operations/ Camp Founder Girls Director

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Growing up, Angelica had the opportunity to go to summer camp. Her family couldn’t afford to send her, but she was sponsored by an anonymous donor at her church, to whom she is forever grateful. Her summers at camp were not only some of her fondest memories but also some of her most formative experiences. The camp is where she saw her leadership potential flourish into the actual experience, and it is where she was exposed to girls who were so different from her yet shared an inexplicable bond as they pushed themselves to get outside of our comfort zones. 

 

She is honored to help lead the resurrection of Camp Founder Girls, which has such a rich history serving young black girls of San Antonio. In her role as camp director, she hopes to continually expose this new generation of campers to experiences they can’t learn in a classroom, just like those original CFG campers who paved our way.

Angelica@blackoutside.org

Ki'Amber Thompson, Charles Roundtree Bloom Project Director

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Ki’Amber is from the west side of San Antonio and she grew up on both the east and west sides of town in communities that were over-policed, over-incarcerated, and over-burdened with environmental inequity. Her mother and grandfather were incarcerated at different points in her life, and several of her younger cousins’ parents have been incarcerated so she has intimate knowledge of the impacts of mass incarceration on children and families. Growing up in this environment, she experienced police harassment and traumatic police raids. Ki’Amber attended Pomona College in Claremont, California where she had the privilege of having outdoor experiences that were transformative and healing for her. She found healing, her sense of purpose, and vision for her community in these outdoor experiences. Ki’Amber wanted to do something to support all of the kids who were impacted by the system of incarceration and lacked support so she founded Charles Roundtree Bloom Project.

 

A month after Ki’Amber came up with the idea for Bloom Project, her younger cousin, Charles Davonte Roundtree, Jr. also known as “Chop” was shot and killed by a San Antonio police officer on October 17, 2018.  Chop was only 18 years old and didn’t have the chance to bloom to his full potential. So Ki’Amber named the program in honor of him. 

Kiamber@crbloomproject.org

Alex Bailey, Founder/Executive Director

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From the fresh smell of mint leaves in his grandfather’s garden to fishing trips with his grandparents on the Clear Fork river in Ohio; Alex’s familial connection to the outdoors always inspired him to connect deeply with nature, particularly in life’s hardest moments. This foundational love and connection to nature led him to envision a program which radically transforms outdoor spaces and programming to be a beacon of joy and liberation for Black youth--- later to be known as Black Outside, Inc.  Between 2018 and 2019, founder Alex Bailey embarked on a journey to observe and shadow summer camps and outdoor programs across the country to better understand the impact outdoor programming has on youth. He took those learnings and, alongside an amazing community of people, began building a culturally relevant outdoor program in the city of San Antonio which today collectively serves 150+ Black youth across central Texas.


Alex is a proud fellow the National Willd Gift fellowship, The International Echoing Green Fellowship, a 2019 TedxSan Antonio speaker (Recolor the Outdoors), and currently serves as the Board President for Black Outside, Inc

alex@blackoutside.org