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Big City Mountaineers
BCM aims to instill critical life skills in under-resourced urban youth through transformative wilderness mentoring expeditions. Our powerful 1:1 mentored wilderness expeditions connect caring adult volunteers with youth in need of guidance to improve integrity, self-esteem, responsibility, decision-making abilities and communication skills. BCM's core program is a single gender, professionally guided weeklong wilderness expedition (backpacking or canoeing) with a 1:1 ratio of 5 teens to 5 adult mentors. In addition to the expedition, groups participate in single day and overnight experiences pre- and post- expedition to help develop trust, skills, and transform learning from the backcountry to their urban lives. . It is our caring volunteer mentors and instructors that drive this program and help our youth recognize who they are and what they can accomplish. "This experience was easily the best I've had in life...none of the mountains I've climbed or the rivers I've kayaked have given me as much satisfaction as this."-BCM Volunteer. You can reveal the potential of a young person in need.