This is a guest post written by Scottie Mcelroy, the founder of Project Ascent
What Is Project Ascent?
Project Ascent was established to give at-risk and under-privileged youth an opportunity to experience nature through Rock Climbing. Rock Climbing is a unique sport in which individuals are put in a new environment without preconceived expectations on performance or success. Rock Climbing not only involves physical strength, but also mental fortitude. Rock Climbing facilitates problem solving and allows participants to fail and succeed in a controlled environment thus promoting adaptation. Communication between climbers plays instrumentally in the success or failure of a climbing expedition.
Why Project Ascent?
When I began climbing, I quickly realized the impact it made on my mental and physical life. I thought, “If I am gaining such incredible awareness and strength, what could climbing give to children who haven’t had the same opportunities that I have?”
I have worked extensively with at-risk youth. I worked with a young man in Austin, TX to get him into the program because conventional sports like basketball and football were not for him. He longed for an opportunity to find something he excelled in and enjoyed.
We met Josh through a school outreach program that worked with area counselors to find youth that would potentially be candidates for our programs. Josh did not have an ideal home-life and his education and bad decisions were sending him down the wrong path.
Josh and several other children from the same school were accepted to attend one of our adventures. From the start I could see this is what Josh not only needed, but also what he wanted. He naturally excelled at the art of climbing. More importantly, he started engaging with his peers and the Project Ascent volunteers.
Building trust, confidence, and self-worth are a focus on Project Ascent trips.
After the trip, Josh reached out to me asking if there were additional trips he could attend. [Read more…] about Project Ascent Helping Youth Experience Self-Worth, Accomplishment, Drive and Independence