Welcoming the Rain
July 15, 2016
“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” – Henry David Thoreau
As an avid backpacker, I remember being elated with the opportunity to help BCM mentees experience the beauty and clarity of the backcountry prior to our expedition last summer. And while I did observe their growing appreciation for nature, I was more so humbled by the fact that my group of young ladies unknowingly taught me largely about determination, perseverance, and camaraderie.
Big City Mountaineers is a non-profit organization that utilizes wilderness mentoring to transform lives of at-risk and under-resourced urban youth; 83% of the students who participate in BCM programs live below the poverty line and 63% of students have never been out of their county boundaries. BCM curriculum “improves integrity, self-esteem, responsibility, decision-making abilities and communication skills in close to 1,000 youth annually. BCM has a proven track record of improving young peoples’ lives with:
- Increased likeliness to stay in school
- Reduction in violence
- Reduction in drug use” (http://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/about)
BCM mentees are students of community-based youth agencies. Being a recent Master of Science recipient and advocate for higher education, I am VERY excited to be joining the College Track expedition, a nonprofit organization that mentors students entering high school through their undergraduate graduations. I have already met and gone on a day hike with these wonderful students and they are undoubtedly eager and appreciative of this opportunity! (https://collegetrack.org/)
Aside from my fellow volunteers and the Summit for Someone climbers, Big City Mountaineers is supported by the generous contributions of community members and businesses. If you are able, please consider donating to my Change a Life Campaign; every contribution helps a student experience the challenges and self-discovery that the wilderness has to offer!
Thank you for supporting our youth!