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May 12, 2020 – Press Release

Grand Canyon Youth alumni paddling an inflatable kayak
Photo by Walt Carr

August 12, 2019 – Press Release

Healing Lands Project
Photo by Pamela Mathues

January 9, 2019 – Flagstaff Arts Council

December 2018 – Northern Arizona’s Mountain Living Magazine

November 13, 2018 – Arizona Daily Sun Article

Native American youth to join GCY’s habitat restoration

April 29, 2018 – Arizona Daily Sun Article

Grand Canyon Youth’s Annual Confluence Award


Part of the mission of Grand Canyon Youth is to inspire youth to become future stewards of public lands.  The Confluence Award is given to someone who demonstrates a commitment to education, conservation and service.

2019 Confluence Award Winner: Annette McGivney

Annette McGivney is an award-winning writer who has been drawn to remote, wild places her entire life. Through her work as a writer, educator and speaker she seeks to inspire others to connect with the natural environment and protect the wilderness. Annette is the longtime Southwest Editor for Backpacker magazine and the author of five nonfiction books. She is also a journalism lecturer at Northern Arizona University. In addition to Backpacker, Annette writes frequently for Outside magazine, The Guardian and Arizona Highways on topics related to Southwest environmental issues.

Annette’s most recent book, Pure Land, won the National Outdoor Book Award in 2018. As part of her efforts with Pure Land, Annette founded the Healing Lands Project in partnership with Grand Canyon Youth and Northern Arizona University’s Family Violence Institute. She has spent the last two years touring the United States doing book events to raise funds and awareness for Healing Lands and, more broadly, spread the message that nature heals trauma.

Confluence Award Winner Annette McGivney 2020

Past Confluence Awardees

  • 2018: Christa Sadler, This Earth Founder
  • 2017: Kristen Harned, Hopi Footprints Coordinator
  • 2016: Renae Yellowhorse, Save the Confluence Organizer
  • 2015: Roger Clark, Conservation Advocate
  • 2014: Sarah Baden, River Guide
  • 2013: Carol Fritzinger, GCY Founder
  • 2012: Lynn Hamilton, Non-profit Executive Director
  • 2011: Richard Quartaroli, Historian
  • 2010: Tamara Naumann, Botanist

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What’s New With GCY…


May 12, 2020 – Press Release

Grand Canyon Youth alumni paddling an inflatable kayak
Photo by Walt Carr

August 12, 2019 – Press Release

Healing Lands Project
Photo by Pamela Mathues

January 9, 2019 – Flagstaff Arts Council

December 2018 – Northern Arizona’s Mountain Living Magazine

November 13, 2018 – Arizona Daily Sun Article

Native American youth to join GCY’s habitat restoration

April 29, 2018 – Arizona Daily Sun Article

Confluence Award

Grand Canyon Youth’s Annual Confluence Award


Part of the mission of Grand Canyon Youth is to inspire youth to become future stewards of public lands.  The Confluence Award is given to someone who demonstrates a commitment to education, conservation and service.

2019 Confluence Award Winner: Annette McGivney

Annette McGivney is an award-winning writer who has been drawn to remote, wild places her entire life. Through her work as a writer, educator and speaker she seeks to inspire others to connect with the natural environment and protect the wilderness. Annette is the longtime Southwest Editor for Backpacker magazine and the author of five nonfiction books. She is also a journalism lecturer at Northern Arizona University. In addition to Backpacker, Annette writes frequently for Outside magazine, The Guardian and Arizona Highways on topics related to Southwest environmental issues.

Annette’s most recent book, Pure Land, won the National Outdoor Book Award in 2018. As part of her efforts with Pure Land, Annette founded the Healing Lands Project in partnership with Grand Canyon Youth and Northern Arizona University’s Family Violence Institute. She has spent the last two years touring the United States doing book events to raise funds and awareness for Healing Lands and, more broadly, spread the message that nature heals trauma.

Confluence Award Winner Annette McGivney 2020

Past Confluence Awardees

  • 2018: Christa Sadler, This Earth Founder
  • 2017: Kristen Harned, Hopi Footprints Coordinator
  • 2016: Renae Yellowhorse, Save the Confluence Organizer
  • 2015: Roger Clark, Conservation Advocate
  • 2014: Sarah Baden, River Guide
  • 2013: Carol Fritzinger, GCY Founder
  • 2012: Lynn Hamilton, Non-profit Executive Director
  • 2011: Richard Quartaroli, Historian
  • 2010: Tamara Naumann, Botanist
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