Big City Mountaineers core program, a week-long wilderness mentoring expedition, gives under-resourced youth an opportunity to experience both the beauty and challenges wild places have to offer. Alongside supportive adult mentors, under-resourced teens are taken out of their comfort zones and taught important life skills proven to positively impact their futures.
Their programs focus on improving the self-esteem, sense of responsibility, group communication, and decision-making skills of nearly 1,000 youth annually. Big City Mountaineers engages with youth in seven cities across the country, including Boston, Denver, Miami, Minneapolis, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Their overnight camping trips provide kids ages 8 to 12 with a safe, supportive environment to learn and grow. These trips focus on understanding the value of teamwork, responsibility, and respect for the great outdoors.
Big City Mountaineers envisions a nation transformed by youth, connected to and empowered by experiences in nature.