Here’s what you need to know:
WHAT IS ‘Summit 4 Resilience’?
Summit 4 Resilience represents a partnership between Peak 7 and Gonzaga University in fundraising to support a Mt. Baker climbing expedition for underprivileged ‘at risk’ youth in the Northwest. Read some of the testimonials on the left.
WHAT IS THE NEED?
100 million youth live on the streets worldwide… 25,000 youth sleep in shelters in Washington… between 300 & 3,000 live on Spokane’s streets… many of them live in West Central and Hillyard communities, which are statistically two of the poorest neighborhood in Spokane and within Washington State. Youth on the streets come from broken homes plagued with drug, alcohol, and physical abuse, while some have parents who are incarcerated. Many of the youth served by local non-profit organizations, like YFC, Cup of Cool Water, and our local Crosswalk Teen Center are “bursting with potential” seeking validation for their relevance, worth, and purpose in this world.
WHAT IS OUR RESPONSE?
Peak 7 Adventures works with local non-profit organizations and schools in poverty stricken neighborhoods to take young people into the wilderness and expose them to the many lessons learned in the outdoors and positive alternatives to the maladaptive contexts they find themselves in. Evidence and research show that exposing children and youth to outdoors early in life introduces them to opportunity for developing life skills, relationships, confidence, efficacy, trust, and a connectedness that prepares them for everyday challenges and progressive victories in life. The teachable and invaluable learning opportunities found in the wilderness represent a pathway that may contribute to adaptive positive behaviors and lifestyle that contributes to resiliency.
WHY GU & Peak 7 PARTNERSHIP?
The Gonzaga University Organizational Leadership Program offers a summer elective course where graduate level students learn about hardiness as a pathway to personal and organizational resilience. Students in this course learn about the meaning of their existence as leaders of their own family, organizations and communities. Students learn to develop strengths-based attitudes, healthy lifestyle, practice transformational coping during adversity, provide and foster social support and strengthen resilience in their organizations and themselves. These course objectives directly connect to the mission and activities of Peak 7 in taking youth to the wilderness in order to develop a pathway towards resiliency. Also, students in the Leadership Hardiness course climb Mt. Adams as an experiential learning opportunity to practice principles learned throughout the course. Given that Gonzaga University is a Jesuit institution with a unique and explicit mission for social justice and developing ‘men and women for others’, students in this course will climb for a cause higher than themselves. The class goal will be not only to physically, emotionally, and spiritually prepare for a difficult climb and a simulation to practice hardiness skills, but to financially and emotionally support a Mt. Baker climbing expedition for underprivileged youth from the Northwest.
WHAT IS THE GOAL?
The expense to support a group of eight ‘at risk’ youth, gear, guides, and volunteers is $5,000.
HOW IT WORKS AS A FUNDRAISER?
Each student will set a minimum goal and raise support from family, friends, and colleagues
Each team in the course can set their respective minimum and/or contribute to a team goal
To create a fundraising page, click the campaign link below, click 'Become a Fundraiser'.
GIFT Suggested Level of Gift
HOW DO I FOLLOW ALONG?
Students in the Leadership Hardiness course will have an opportunity to encourage and support youth preparing for the Mt. Baker climb through a blog hosted by their lead organizer and guide. The youth on the Mt. Baker expedition will be supported by volunteer GU faculty and students capturing video interviews and pictures documenting the emotional, physical and spiritual impact of the expedition on the young climbers.
WHERE DO I GO?
Click on the following link to make a tax deductible contribution toward supporting an expedition climb for “at risk” youth: