Emily Fenwick via Crowdrise
June 21, 2011
BENEFITING: VOLUNTEERS FOR OUTDOOR COLORADO INC
VOC's Cairn Youth Program guides and challenges young people to become caretakers of Colorado’s extraordinary natural resources. Cairn combines challenging outdoor leadership skills with rewarding hands-on environmental projects that make a difference on the natural world. Youth, ages 14 to 18, meet monthly with mentors and special guests to explore environmental topics, address community needs and participate in adventurous outdoor challenges. The 9-month program culminates in a community-wide volunteer project developed and led by Cairn participants!
Cairn participants build leadership skills through crew leader training and by planning and leading their own outdoor volunteer project. Mentors assist Cairn participants in rock climbing, snowshoeing, learning camping skills and climbing a fourteener. Cairn partners with organizations such as Denver Water, REI and Denver Parks and Recreation to give participants a variety of environmental perspectives and exploration of career paths. Volunteer service hours through Cairn help fulfill graduation requirements, and the Cairn experiences look great on a resume or college application.