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Adventure Risk Challenge benefit poetry reading showcases youth, grant match opportunity

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Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comARC program participants give a thumbs up during their first expedition in Desolation Wilderness, embarking on the 40-day course in a summer snow field.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC) will host their annual benefit poetry reading and reception Aug. 2, 5:30 p.m. at the Cedar House Sport Hotel located on Brockway Road in Truckee.

Ten outstanding youth participants of ARC’s 40-day literacy and outdoor immersion program will recite their works at this event which past attendees have described as being insightful, tender and joyous.

and#8220;ARC’s poetry reading is a celebration of youth. For many of the participants, it is their first public speaking experience. They will share meaningful stories about family, life, obstacles, achievements and the natural world,and#8221; explains ARC director Jen Gurecki. and#8220;This is an extraordinary opportunity for community members to hear what our youth has to say and support the important Adventure Risk Challenge program.and#8221;

ARC’s interactive approach is rooted in rigorous academic instruction combined with outdoor education. Historically, summer program participants surpass their peers academically: 92 percent pass the California High School Exit Exam (compared to a 72 percent pass rate for socio-economically disadvantaged youth and 81 percent overall) and 77 percent attend a two or four-year college or university. and#8220;The majority of our students are the first in their families to attend college,and#8221; said Gurecki.

The reading and reception are free and open to the public. ARC has received a matching commitment for a $2,500 private donation if event attendees donate at least this amount at the event in support of ARC’s results-driven programs for youth. The Aug. 2 event is made possible by a generous grant from the Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation. E-mail Jennifer Gurecki at jgurecki@berkeley.edu or call 530-416-5682 to RSVP. For more information, visit http://www.arcprogram.org.

Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation (TMRF) serves as a catalyst for community enhancement by providing leadership and funding which enriches the quality of life in the Truckee-North Tahoe region through cultural, environmental, educational and charitable pursuits. For more information on the Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation, visit http://www.tmrfoundation.com.