Leadership through Adventure: Youth Development with Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC)

Adventure Risk Challenge transforms the lives of underserved youth through team-building in Yosemite.

Now in its fifth year in Yosemite, this unique program continues to transform the lives of underserved youth from Central Valley communities.

During a series of year-round weekend retreats and a 40-day summer immersion in the park, Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC) program participants are mentored through a range of academic and physical activities, including backpacking, hiking, rock-climbing and wilderness solo experiences. They also focus on English writing, team-building, public speaking and environmental science through ongoing tutoring.

Working closely with student mentors from the University of California, Merced, ARC’s high school–age participants learn that going to college or pursuing a career in national parks are tangible dreams, and many are on track to fulfilling their goals.

With your continued support, Yosemite is building the next generation of park stewards.

Partnering with ARC; University of California, Berkeley; UC Merced; and Yosemite National Park.

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It changes how you feel about yourself and about the need to protect wilderness.

Vera Reyes
ARC participant