“Many children in Denver never get the opportunity to get into the mountains that are our city's majestic backdrop. They see them only from a distance and through the filter of an urban lens. How, they may wonder, does one whose world is concrete, traffic lights and constant noise explore those towering mastiffs of rock and land? In our increasingly tech-driven urban life, many are losing touch with the natural world and thus losing the ability to love and protect such vital places. Children are missing the opportunity to explore the world beyond our city streets, Project Send It aims to change that by introducing children to rock climbing. Project Send It's mission is to have the local climbing community introduce children from low-income families to adventures of the natural world and the lessons learned through rock climbing. Project Send It provides opportunities to build confidence, problem solve, be physically active, and interact with like-minded peers. All of these are skills that will carry over into the participants' day-to-day lives, helping to serve the climber's life and also their world at large.”
- From the Project Send It website:
"Since 1985, the Adaptive Sports Program New Mexico has enhanced the lives of children and adults with disabilities through recreation. With year-round programs in adaptive skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, and much more, ASPNM strives to enable program participants to stay active and healthy, build self-confidence and independence, and enjoy the New Mexico outdoors. ASPNM ensures that wilderness sports can be enjoyed by everyone responsibly. It is important to the rerouted co-op that community involvement is at the forefront of what we do. In order to make a difference, ASPNM has incorporated community in a beautiful way. They have established support from many channels to make their goals come true. Success is helped by having the support of people around you and by creating a culture. They prioritize year round activities and education making adventure sports more accessible for all.”
- From the Adaptive Sports Program NM website:
Mountains Beyond Borders is a big-picture nonprofit founded with the purpose of bringing international solidarity to outdoor opportunity youth programs. Globally-minded, our international team of volunteers collect gear, fundraise, and create leadership opportunities for small programs with big impact, from the US, to Venezuela, and even Fiji.
“Good Natured Learning is on a mission to grow an equitable statewide nature based learning movement in public PK-12 schools across Colorado by building educator capacity and activating nearby nature for teaching and learning. We envision a very-near future in which Colorado's public school students and educators have routine, equitable access to Nature Based Learning's benefits - including mental and physical wellness, improved cognition, and enhanced social emotional skills - in school.”
“The High Mountain Institute (HMI), a place where nature and minds meet, is a school in Leadville, Colorado. Our programming focuses on community living, wilderness experiences, leadership training, and rigorous academics. Students can come to HMI for a semester in high school, a summer, or a gap semester. HMI is a place where people grow to be their best selves, and learn to live with intention and connection to the natural world. Students leave HMI feeling empowered as leaders in their communities, and confident in their own abilities to make positive change.”
- From the HMI website:
Since its founding in 1902, the American Alpine Club has been a force in helping safeguard our country's wild landscapes and natural treasures. Working alongside our members and partners, we focus on critical issues facing climbers and outdoor recreation nationally, such as keeping public lands pristine, wild, and open to human-powered recreation. All of us at the AAC find great joy and meaning in climbing, and we are committed to a thriving outdoor community sustained by healthy mountains and climbing landscapes for generations to come.
The future of climbing, and all outdoor recreation, depends on a bounty of healthy open spaces and the ability to visit and enjoy them. For this reason our policy focus areas are:
Protecting Public Lands - To ensure that public lands remain public, that they are well-resourced and that important conservation tools (like the Antiquities Act) are preserved so climbers can continue to practice their craft on the lands we love.
Ensuring Lands are Open for Human-Powered Recreation - To streamline and update exclusionary permitting policies to ensure that climbers, guides and other organizations can get the permits they need to provide facilitated climbing experiences.
Safeguarding Fragile Mountain and Climbing Environments - To understand our mountain and climbing environments, to promote sustainable use and effective management and to bring awareness to the impacts of a changing climate on the landscapes that inspire us.
Combating Climate Change - To mitigate the effects of climate change through political advocacy, scientific research, and developing resources for members to make sustainable choices as they plan trips and expeditions. As an outdoor community whose ethos is inextricably linked to healthy mountain environments, the AAC is committed to fighting climate change.
- From The American Alpine Club website:
“Rock climbing offers a variety of unharnessed benefits that are not yet made readily accessible for youth. Some families have the privilege of enrolling their child in a climbing program, while others may never have the opportunity to find if the sport resonates with their child in a meaningful way. Each year, indoor rock climbing becomes more popular and accessible especially now that it is an Olympic Sport! The goal of The Young Ascenders is to make the benefits of rock climbing legitimately known and accessible. Our primary focus is youth resiliency & mental health. Rock Climbing helps us develop our social & emotional skills, ability to focus, depression & anxiety management, self-awareness, coordination, cognition, resilience, and other life skills. It is a powerful method of delivery for meaningful experiences, applicable metaphors and teachable moments that enriches our lives "off-the-rock".
YA is here to facilitate the exploration of meaningful experiences brought to us.” - Found on the Young Ascenders website.