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Every Kid Needs a Champion

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

“No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship.” –  James Comer In this TED Talk, Rita Pierson, describes the value and importance of human connection to children’s ability to learn. We address this principle at BCM by pairing every youth participant with a caring adult mentor. Want to be a young kid’s champion? Become […]

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Damonte’s Story: Transformation in the Boundary Waters

Monday, April 17th, 2017

When we were first introduced to Damonte, it was evident that humor was in his DNA. He was known for making everyone laugh, adults and peers alike, with his witty sense of humor. He maintained this quality despite his circumstances; his father was in jail and his mother had spent her final years in a […]

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We’re getting excited for the 2017 program season! Check out this video to see what it’s like to be on a BCM expedition

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Curious to see what a BCM expedition looks like? Check out this video created by BCM mentor, Tom Mallon. Read below to learn why Tom became a mentor and to see how he’s creatively supporting BCM through his SFS climb. You’ve had a unique perspective with BCM starting as a volunteer mentor to joining an […]

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Meet 8-year-old Rylan, our Youngest Summit for Someone Climber

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

It’s our pleasure to introduce you to one of our newest (and youngest!) Summit for Someone climbers, Rylan Griffin! For Rylan’s 8th birthday, she is preparing to summit the tallest peak in the Northeast, Mount Washington (6,288 ft), to raise money so that under-resourced youth can have outdoor explorations of their own. Let’s encourage her toward a lifetime […]

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Read how the outdoors transformed BCM youth, Yana

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Yana learned about Big City Mountaineers through the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue, Washington. When we first met Yana, she was a junior in high school with low self-confidence. Yana faced some struggles and inconsistencies at home and she was seeking a positive social outlet. Her agency leader, Masao, selected her as a good […]

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The Skip Yowell Legacy Circle

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Skip Yowell was the co-founder of JanSport and an icon in the outdoor industry. As successful as he was with his company, he was equally devoted to giving back to the community. This year we celebrate his life and the generous investment he made in Big City Mountaineers 20 years ago. The gift served as the launch […]

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Become a Founding Member of the Skip Yowell Legacy Circle

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

          Thousands of under-resourced youth have been transformed by the outdoors thanks to Skip Yowell’s steadfast and unwavering support of Big City Mountaineers. In 1997, JanSport, the company he co-founded, provided BCM with $100,000 in funding. The gift allowed us to establish our headquarters in Denver and hire our first executive […]

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Announcing the 2016 Skip Yowell Mentors of the Year!

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Skip Yowell was the co-founder of JanSport and an icon in the outdoor industry. If you’ve carried a frameless backpack or slept in a free-standing tent, you benefited from some of Skip’s innovations. In addition to many product innovations, Skip spent decades giving back to a multitude of nonprofits. Skip was a pivotal figure for […]

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We raised over $23,000 at Outdoor Retailer!

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

With huge help from our brand partners, we were able to raise a record-breaking $23,000 at Outdoor Retailer to help get under-resourced youth outside this summer. Thank you to all the brands that put on these events and sales and thank you to the outdoor community for supporting us! Columbia Shoe Sale  Pick Ur Pack event […]

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BCM’s Statement on the Immigration Ban

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Big City Mountaineers believes in the power, potential, and resilience of youth. Our devotion to young people and our stalwart belief in their future is the hallmark of our work. This applies to all young people. To limit a child’s opportunity because of their race, religion, or background is to deprive us all of their potential […]

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