Adventure Risk Challenge: Youth Build Skills in Yosemite – 2017

Yosemite's Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC) helps underserved Merced County teens develop love for the outdoors while building academic and leadership skills. Photo: Adventure Risk Challenge.

Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC) helps underserved Merced County teens develop a deep appreciation for the outdoors while charting a course toward success.

Since 2011, Conservancy donors have helped hundreds of ARC participants explore leadership, science and literacy through a 40-day summer course in Yosemite and year-round programming that blends outdoor experiences with academics. In 2017, more than 130 young people participated in ARC’s Yosemite-area programming.

Through activities ranging from backpacking expeditions to public-speaking exercises, ARC teens develop confidence, skills and a lifelong connection to nature. They also benefit from one-on-one mentorships, guidance from ARC alumni and Yosemite Leadership Program students, and opportunities to teach younger kids about ecosystem protection. Data show that 99 percent of alumni have finished high school on time; more than 80 percent have gone on to college.

Your gift helped empower young people to explore the outdoors and realize college and public lands careers are tangible dreams. For a deeper look at the ARC experience in Yosemite, read our blog post about the program.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park; Adventure Risk Challenge; and University of California, Merced.

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Project Notes
At-risk high school student gain self-confidence through Adventure Risk Challenge programs exploring Yosemite

ARC works with local high school students who wouldn’t otherwise have opportunities to go on summer adventures.

Will Fassett,
ARC Program Director
Yosemite National Park