The mission of Only Footprints is to provide BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) youth of incarcerated mothers opportunities to engage in the discovery of the natural world free from barriers.
BIPOC communities have had to endure the traumatic burden of fighting for their right to healthy environments while simultaneously fighting for freedom from discrimination and police violence. However, only people who are insulated from systematic racism can opt to enjoy outdoor spaces. Crystal Gail Welcome aims to change that, one step at a time. By hiking the Great Western Loop, she hopes to inspire BIPOC people, especially BIPOC youth, to foster a positive relationship with the natural world — free from barriers.