Osprey Backpack Grant and Fiscal Sponsorship


Osprey Backpack Grant and Fiscal Sponsorship

Medicines Global

Continues To Support MGOYA “GET kids MOVING”

Los Angeles, CA. October 9, 2015 ~ Osprey Packs, the top rated pack company in the Outdoor Industry, has signed on to continue to support Medicines Global Outdoor Youth Ambassador (MGOYA) 2015 programs with both financial sponsorship and gear which will enhance their participation in the Friends of Joshua Tree’s Climb Smart 2015 event, October 16-18. MGOYA programs work in collaboration with Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Police Department, in providing unique educational enrichment combined with wilderness experience programs for Los Angeles youth.

For the 9th year in a row, Medicines Global will take fifteen urban youth from Southern California to learn to climb with world-renowned climbers at Climb Smart 2015. The Outdoor Youth Ambassadors will camp, and rock climb for three days. They will have a chance to meet with National Park Rangers who will explain the importance of National Parks. Climb Smart is hosted by Friends of Joshua Tree, a non-profit organization that serves to protect the long-standing tradition of climbing in Joshua Tree National Park. Friends of Joshua Tree encourages ethical and environmentally friendly climbing practices. Instructors at past Climb Smart weekends have included international climbing “Rock Star,” Lynn Hill and former President and Event Director of FOJT, and current President, Kenji Consults, Kenji Haroutunian, who teaches climbing skills and appreciation for the outdoors to the students and participants.

 “Osprey Packs is thrilled to support Medicines Global and the youth of southern California on their quest of experiencing the wilderness with fiscal and product sponsorship for the Medicines Global Outdoor Youth Ambassador programs. To complement the Climb Smart 2015 program Osprey Packs is pleased to provide the youth a high quality pack for their adventure of a lifetime. Hats off to Medicines Global and all that they do!” says Tom Barney, CEO, Osprey Packs.

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“With continued support from leading outdoor manufacturers like Osprey Packs Medicines Global will be able to continue to develop programs to get urban youth active in the outdoors. Our motivating belief is that an effective way of developing the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and guardians of our natural environment is to offer outdoor adventures to as many kids as possible. Rock climbing, camping, surfing, seeing snow for the first time, breathing the desert air, it’s all unforgettable for these city kids and the ripple effect is infinite.” explains Johanna Belson, Director, MGOYA.

“In my 29 years in the outdoor industry, Kenji Haroutnian explains his support for MGOYA, I have rarely come across a project with the unique combination of virtue, service to community and passion that Janice and Johanna Belson bring to Medicines Global and Medicines Global Outdoor Youth Ambassador programs.”

Ann Krcik, Senior Director, Outdoor Exploration, The North Face, says of their support, “It is exciting to see the incredible organizations who are just as passionate about giving more kids the opportunity to experience the outdoors as we are,”said Ann Krcik, Senior Director, Outdoor Exploration, The North Face.“Together we are making an investment in the next generation of outdoor explorers who will grow to love and protect the wild places we all love to play.”

Medicines Global and Medicines Global Outdoor Youth Ambassadors (MGOYA) Mission

Medicines Global, (501c3), is dedicated to inspire all adventure travelers to give back to the places they visit by delivering basic first aid supplies to medical centers and remote community run health posts. Since 1999, 17 expeditions have taken medical supplies to Nepal, Mongolia, Tibet, Guatemala, India, Ecuador, Siberia, Sri Lanka and El Salvador.

Medicines Global Outdoor Youth Ambassadors encourage, educate & inspire their fellow students to experience wilderness activities. Since its inception, MGOYA has provided more than 1000 urban youths with outdoor adventures. Medicines Global activities have been supported by: Go Pro, Red Wing/VASQUE, The North Face, adidas OUTDOOR, AVON RENT-A-CAR-TRUCK-VAN, LEKI USA, KEEN Footwear Foundation, STAPLES, Horny Toad, SMITH Optics, Mountain Hardwear Gives Back Foundation, Eagle Creek, GoLite, Isis, Adventure Medical Kits, Napapijri & Whole Foods Market plus other members of the Outdoor & Natural Food Industry

The Medicines Global team is seeking sponsorship for its November 2015 Nepal Expedition as well as support for the continuation of Medicines Global’s networking to adventure travelers and domestic efforts to “GET kids MOVING”.

Media contact:

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Beth Cochran



Janice Belson

Johanna Belson

(310)469-2804 cell

(323)571-8100 office

jb@ medicinesglobal.org