Jason Hanold: Big City Mountaineers

Since 1989, Big City Mountaineers (BCM) has endeavored to impart critical life skills to under-resourced youth through wilderness mentoring. BCM serves youth ages 13 to 19 by providing one-to-one adult mentoring during weeklong wilderness expeditions. 

At the core of the program is a five-day canoe and wilderness backpacking expedition. During this structured outward-bound experience, participants and their mentors work side-by side to improve personal responsibility, self-awareness, and communication skills.

The objectives of the program include a reduction in teen drug use and violence while increasing the likelihood that participants will remain in school through graduation. Having served over 1,000 teens to date, BCM continues to engage at-risk individuals in the challenge to live with integrity, build self-esteem, and exercise improved decision-making skills. Additionally, to heighten gender awareness, the organization designs all expeditions as single-gender excursions.

For more information on the programs and mission of Big City Mountaineers, please visit http://www.bigcitymountaineers.org.

About the author: An avid climber and a Board Member of Big City Mountaineers, Jason Hanold serves as CEO and Managing Partner of Hanold Associates, HR Executive Search

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