Positive Tracks and LEGADO Release Web Video Featuring Youth Ambassadors During Expedition on Mozambique’s Second Highest Mountain

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North Conway, NH. (January 20, 2016) — Today, Positive Tracks, a sports-based youth development organization that helps young people get active and give back through the power of sport and adventure, along with LEGADO, the initiative behind Namuli, the film, release a web video about the 2014 Mozambique expedition to Mt. Namuli. The short features Positive Tracks next generation ambassadors and carries a targeted message for young people about the power of collaboration, following one’s passion and having an impact through physical activity.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: http://bit.ly/PositiveTracksShort

The short was filmed in conjunction with LEGADO’s Namuli, the film, a community-backed project that documents the spirit of exploration and what happens when a team of rock climbers, biologists, and conservationists set off on an unconventional expedition into one of the world’s least explored and most threatened habitats. Charlie Harrison, 21, a student at Williams College and Grant Bemis, 24, a recent graduate of Eckerd College, joined the expedition as ambassadors for Positive Tracks.

 Charlie Harrison on a nighttime collection mission in the Namuli riverbeds

Charlie Harrison on a nighttime collection mission in the Namuli riverbeds

“Positive Tracks and LEGADO work together to catalyze youth empowerment,” said Majka Burhardt, LEGADO founder and director of Namuli. “Charlie and Grant each took the experience combining their passions with impact in Mozambique and parlayed them into their ongoing lives.” Burhardt notes that Charlie hiked himself to his first day of school at Williams via the Appalachian Trail and Grant set off on a successful six-month sailing and scientific research expedition following their shared time in Africa.

The Namuli expedition resulted in the discovery of new species to science, the first climbing route on a 2,000-ft. granite face and the launch of a new integrated conservation and development called LEGADO. During the expedition, scientists explored new habitats otherwise unattainable and the access that the project facilitated allowed for the discovery of a new snake species, the southernmost recording of a caecilian in the world, and the first ever collection of rare insects on the mountain.

 Grant Bemis getting to know one of Namuli's Chameleons

Grant Bemis getting to know one of Namuli's Chameleons

Alongside the physical challenge of climbing and backcountry hiking, Charlie and Grant raised $20,000 to support the LEGADO venture, funding innovative approaches to conservation.

“Like LEGADO, Positive Tracks believes in combining the power of your own body—your muscle, mind and heart—to create important social and environmental change and genuine self-transformation,” said Nini Meyer, Positive Tracks President and Founder. “Positive Tracks promotes youth wellness and healthy risk-taking, while teaching civic action and social entrepreneurship at an early stage. We were delighted to support Charlie and Grant in their ‘sweat for good’ efforts and the great work of LEGADO.”

For more about the Namuli filmand upcoming film tour locations and dates, please visit: namulifilm.com

For more information please visit: positivetracks.org.

About Positive Tracks:

Positive Tracks is a sports-based youth development organization that helps young people get active and give back so Generation Next can make the world better, starting with themselves. Positive Tracks engages youth ages 23 and under (U23) through their Charity Partner Program, Sweat for Good Campaigns, Good Sweat Camps and Seminars, and thought leadership initiatives. More than 42,000 youth will participate in Positive Tracks’ core programs in 2016.

The Broader Impact of Namuli: LEGADO

LEGADO is a global venture to link uncommon collaborations, leadership training, and community development to foster a future where people and ecosystems thrive together. LEGADO’s work on Mount Namuli is to create targeted and measurable conservation and human livelihood gains, with a vision to scale their approach to other mountain regions and communities around the world. The Namuli film documents the LEGADO team’s pioneering 2014 expedition on Mount Namuli.

LEGADO: Next Gen is made possible by support from Positive Tracks, Osprey Packs, Goal Zero, and the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund. 

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