Youth Activities, Camping, Hiking / September 17, 2012

Explore Fund Grantee Profile : Crossroads for Kids

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“Being able to go on a wilderness trek in Wyoming pushed me beyond my comfort zone and
showed me that I can do anything.” – Rory

Each summer, Crossroads for Kids sends our rising high school sophomores to Wyoming. In 2012, 45 at-risk youth were able to participate in this annual C5 Rexham Leadership Challenge. This two-week Wyoming wilderness trek provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our kids to experience extreme challenges in a completely foreign environment; they are faced with real challenges and real consequences as they are forced to make decisions – sometimes last minute – about their routes, setting up camp and meals.

Crossroads for Kids provides support and resources that change how at-risk youth perceive the world around them through a unique combination of year-round and immersive summer programming. Our kids and teens go from seeing a world of obstacles to a world of opportunities. The result is self-confident, responsible citizens who strive for academic excellence and higher education, with a passion for community service. Breaking the cycle of poverty and underachievement – one child at a time – we are helping to change the economic and cultural landscape of Greater Boston.

100% of the kids we serve live in risk-filled environments and this trip to the Big Horn Mountains addresses a significant barrier to getting youth outdoors. While the Wyoming Trek is always emotionally and physically challenging, the teens who participate will refer to their success when they need motivation in the future whether applying to college, pursuing their career dreams or exploring the great outdoors.

“Before I left for Wyoming, I had absolutely no idea how hard it would be, or how strong I would feel after I made it back. When I got home I felt like I could make it through anything- finishing high school and going to college seemed so achievable after that!” – Olivia


The 45 teens who participated in the Wyoming Trek this summer developed leadership skills, confidence in difficult situations, and a respect for nature and desire to preserve it for future generations. The lessons taught in the back country give our kids the opportunity to see that even the most difficult challenge can, and will, be overcome with hard work and perseverance. The youth who participated in the Wyoming Trek this summer have said that this opportunity opened their minds to the outdoors and staying active. They felt that this experience has prepared them to enter 10th grade this fall and begin creating their own bright futures!


Thank you to the North Face Explore Fund for supporting Crossroads for Kids’ Wyoming trek and being part of changing the
lives of our teens!

 We think of all of our Explore Fund grantees as Role Models.  Take the pledge and to share your passion for the outdoors with others and you could be entered to win a Travelocity Trip to the Bay Area to meet athletes from The North Face team!

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