(Golden, Colo.) – Big City Mountaineers (BCM), the non-profit that instills critical life skills in under-resourced urban youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions, announces the ninth season of its Summit for Someoneâ„¢ (SFS) fundraising climb series. SFS is a unique program which gives participants a chance to travel, climb the world's premier mountains, and positively impact the lives of under-resourced urban youth.
The vital funding raised through SFS enables BCM to help thousands of urban youth across the country in need of positive adult guidance, in challenging and restorative wilderness environments. BCM programs have a proven track record of improving integrity, self-esteem, decision-making abilities, and communication skills that keep kids healthy, active, in school, and motivated to strive for success.
With BCM board member and SFS spokesperson Ed Viesturs leading the charge this season, the program has added seven new climbs including international favorites like Everest Basecamp, Aconcagua, and Ecuador Volcanoes. All expeditions are guided by professional guide services, creating extraordinary adventures for both first-time climbers and experienced mountaineers. Additionally, each SFS climber receives a variety of gear for their climbs through the support of BCM's sponsors.
"We're thrilled to provide more opportunities for new and returning climbers to challenge themselves while changing the lives of BCM kids," says BCM executive director Lisa Mattis. "With their commitment and enthusiasm, we look forward to making 2013 our most impactful year yet."
"World-class climbs combined with a compelling cause to get more kids outside makes Summit For Someone an easy choice," adds Ed Viesturs, BCM Board Member.
For more info or to register for a climb (space limited) click here.
About Big City Mountaineers
Big City Mountaineers (BCM), which serves youth in eight cities across the country, was founded in 1989 to instill critical life skills in underserved urban youth through transformative wilderness mentoring expeditions. BCM's model is to partner with a vibrant network of youth-based agencies that work with under-resourced, racially diverse young people who often have no experience outside of their neighborhoods. BCM expeditions provide under-resourced youth with the tools and positive reinforcement needed to overcome obstacles and strive for a better future. BCM leverages the challenges inherent in wilderness adventure with a one:one mentoring model and time-tested curriculum designed to teach and empower youth. For more information, please visit bigcitymountaineers.org.