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Many youth-service agencies and schools with limited resources in the Bay Area would not be able to take their youth into nature without BAWT. The project's training programs equip youth leaders with wilderness leadership skills and offer them free gear loans, financial support (if needed), and the community" they need to assume the responsibility of shepherding a group of urban youth into the wilderness and back.
What's unique about BAWT's model is that it trains those who work with youth, such as teachers and community workers, multiplying its impact: Every leader trained can take an even greater number of young people outdoors.
So far this year, BAWT has trained more than 146 teachers and youth workers, supported 200 trips, and helped get 4,300 youth outdoors.
At the end of August, BAWT moved its headquarters, and founder Kyle Macdonald began to transition out of his role as BAWT's executive director after 13 years at the helm.
"BAWT is a leader in the movement to reconnect our youth to nature," Wolland says, "and I'm excited about the opportunity to lead this respected organization.
Two passenger vans purchased by BAWT will be incorporated into the pool of vehicles managed by City CarShare.
BAWT's mission is simple: to provide Bay Area youth service organizations with professional wilderness-leadership training and quality outdoor equipment, so these adult leaders may safely lead youth in exploring the power and beauty of California's wilderness.
BAWT has thought of every detail to make these trips fun, safe, and rewarding for all the participants.
Proceeds from the climbs will help BAWT fulfill its mission to create opportunities for urban youth to experience wilderness firsthand by training educators and providing youth groups with access to quality outdoor equipment.
"Raising that much money may sound like a daunting proposition to some people," says Founder and CEO Kyle MacDonald, "but we don't want that to feel like the hardest part of the climb." In order to help with the financial component of the trip, BAWT has compiled a booklet of creative ways to reach out to potential sponsors.
Like most of BAWT's fund-raising events, Climbing for Kids shows that the staff walks its talk.