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Adventure Risk Challenge attains own nonprofit status

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An ARC student performs at a previous Voices of Youth event.

On Thursday, July 16, the participants of Adventure Risk Challenge's summer course will speak in powerful metaphors about their life experiences and goals.

Voices of Youth, the culminating event of the summer immersion, is an opportunity for youth to present their stories to the community. During the summer course, while creating a strong group identity, they have each worked to develop their capacity to "fly" in their own personal way.

Concurrently, ARC is experiencing its own fledging. After 12 years under the wing of UC Berkeley, Adventure Risk Challenge has developed its capacity for independence.

Having just attained its 501(c)3, ARC is launching itself under its own non-profit status, looking forward to the next 12 years and the thousands of youth they will touch.

“All of our community partners have rallied around us to make this a reality.”Sarah OttleyExecutive Director, ARC

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"I'm thrilled about this transition," says Executive Director Sarah Ottley, "and I'm incredibly grateful that our Board of Directors and Advisory Council have stepped up to take on more leadership and responsibility. All of our community partners have rallied around us to make this a reality."

As ARC supports youth with a unique integration of literacy development and wilderness-based programming, the community is invited to join hands to support these fine young people.

From 5:30-7:30 on July 16, Cedar House Sports Hotel hosts their summer fundraiser, where every dollar donated will be matched. Free tickets are available at adventureriskchallenge.org/voy, and Ottley asks that guests attend with the intention of the most generous support they can offer.

Adventure Risk Challenge, which continues to build community in the Tahoe Truckee region, operates year round in the Central Valley, Yosemite National Park, and throughout the greater Bay Area.

The transition to independent nonprofit status will allow the organization to impact more underserved youth on a deeper level, empowering them to make change in their lives and communities. As Adventure Risk Challenge spreads its wings it looks ahead to become a more adaptable, efficient, and resourceful organization.

For those who are unable to attend Voices of Youth, there are two options available to support their efforts: go to adventureriskchallenge.org and click on the donate button, or send a check payable to Adventure Risk Challenge to P.O. Box 3208, Truckee, CA 96160.

All summer donations made will be doubled by the Voices of Youth campaign match. For more information, contact Ottley at 559-676-5096.

This article was submitted by Adventure Risk Challenge. Visit adventureriskchallenge.org to learn more.