"Enhancing the lives of under-resourced urban teens through transformative outdoor experiences."
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit The primary goal of BCM is for teens to leave our programs with a positively enhanced perception of themselves and their relationship with others. We use a tested outdoor curriculum to facilitate growth that translates back to the urban setting of their day-to-day lives. While hiking and backpacking are activities in our programs, the outdoors simply serves as a classroom in which to provide life lessons; BCM is not a recreational organization. In 2009 Big City Mountaineers celebrated the following accomplishments: - 37 weeklong wilderness expeditions in California, Colorado, the Boundary Waters and the Pacific Northwest, pairing 5 teens with 5 adult mentors.Produced a total of 3,302 youth program days -- one program day = one teen in the outdoors for one day, 1,000+ more than in 2008 (2,293 program days). - Improved operational efficiency, saving more than $90,000, by renegotiating contracts, changing suppliers and replacing inefficient processes (e.g. time lag to deposit donations) - More than 2,000 nights spent sleeping under the stars - Initiated successful Urban Family Gateway Program, linking teens & their families to the outdoors - Approximately 5,000 miles hiked - Approximately 4,000 miles paddled and portaged - Improvements in three core teen developmental categories: Commitment to Learning, Positive Values, and Positive Identity. BCM has set the following organizational goals for 2010: increase visibility of BCM, increase revenue, improve system efficiency, continue to focus programs regionally, maintain a volunteer corps that believes they make a difference and want to volunteer again, re-vitalize the Summit for Someone fundraising program, and maintain the highest safety standards on all BCM/SFS activities.
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