Keoki Flagg keynote speaker for ‘Voices of Youth’ in Truckee |

Keoki Flagg keynote speaker for ‘Voices of Youth’ in Truckee

Keoki Flagg is caught by fellow photog Tom Day on assignment for IceAXE Expeditions in Spitsbergen (Arctic Circle).
Courtesy Tom Day |

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC) invites you to celebrate the Power of 10 at its 10th annual public poetry reading event, July 30 at the Cedar House in Truckee.

Celebrate ARC’s 10-year anniversary with 10 youth participating in the summer literacy and leadership program. They will share insight and inspiration discovered backpacking through Desolation wilderness, rock climbing, and kayaking on Lake Tahoe.

The celebration includes a presentation on adventure travel by keynote speaker, Keoki Flagg.


The Power of Ten is 10 youth voices over the course of 10 years, courageous enough to speak out about their past challenges, their insights, and their hopes and dreams for the future. The Power of Ten is hundreds of transformational moments: summiting a mountain peak, trusting the rope to hold you while climbing, or spending 24 hours solo in the wilderness.

The Voices of Youth event is ARC’s gift to the community. Thanks to the generous contributions of community partners, ARC has secured a $10,000 challenge grant, so every dollar donated will be doubled. Please attend with the intention of some level of support, to help continue ARC’s positive impact into a new decade.

“After attending the poetry reading I knew I had to get more involved as a donor and volunteer with ARC. The poems are nothing short of inspirational — the strength, courage, and determination in the voices of youth who overcome numerous barriers in achieving their dreams,” said Danielle Rees, Advisory Council co-chair.


Keoki Flagg is a world-renowned fine art and extreme sports photographer. Keoki has an incredible talent for capturing on film what may seem to many beyond the limits of possibility.

His artistic displays depict the phenomenal feats of extreme sports as well as the splendor of our natural surroundings. Flagg moved to Squaw Valley in 1992 and has worked with world-class athletes including Shane McConkey, Ingrid Backstrom, Jonny Moseley, Julia Mancuso, Daran Rahlves, and JT Holmes.

His presentation will blend his passion for depicting what can be accomplished beyond limits with the mission of ARC in supporting youth to find their personal summits.


The event will be held at the Cedar House Sports Hotel located at 10918 Brockway Road in Truckee. A welcome reception 5:30-6:15 p.m. will include complimentary wine and appetizers from award-winning Stella restaurant, as well as music by solo guitarist Steve Giovenco. Seating is limited. To reserve your spot for this free event, visit


ARC is a UC Berkeley innovative literacy and leadership program for high school youth, linking wilderness to academics, adventure to leadership, environmental science to literacy and confidence to activism. The transformative year-round program improves academic skills, exposes youth to a range of natural environments and wilderness experiences, and inspires the confidence they need to envision and accomplish goals, succeed in high school, attend college, and become engaged, empowered citizens. ARC currently offers two programs, serving Northern and Central California, at the Sagehen Creek Field Station in the Tahoe/Truckee area and in Yosemite National Park at the Yosemite Field Station. To donate or learn more about the program visit

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