Awesome Everywhere!

Congo, the Democratic Republic of the

Bukavu

United Arab Emirates

Dubai

United States

Alamance County, NC

Alaska

Ann Arbor, MI

Asheville, NC

Atlanta, GA

Austin, TX

Baltimore, MD

Bend, OR

Birmingham, AL

Boston, MA

Boulder, CO

Buffalo, NY

Cass Clay

Chicago, IL

Detroit, MI

Gloucester, MA

Indianapolis, IN

LA South Bay, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Louisville, KY

Madison, WI

Miami, FL

New York City, NY

North Minneapolis, MN

Northampton, MA

Northern Virginia (NOVA)

Oahu, HI

Oakland, CA

Oklahoma City, OK

Orlando, FL

Philadelphia, PA

Piqua, OH

Pittsburgh, PA

Plano, TX

Port Washington, NY

Portland, OR

Poughkeepsie, NY

Raleigh-Durham, NC

Rockport, MA

San Antonio, TX

San Francisco, CA

San Jose, CA

Santa Fe, NM

Seattle, WA

South Bend, IN

Tallahassee, FL

Twin Cities, MN

Washington, DC

Youngstown, OH

Climb the Wall

Climb the Wall is an indoor rock climbing program for students with learning disabilities (LD). We aim to foster personal agency and promote self-discovery through innovative after-school programs that incorporate rock climbing, yoga and mindfulness meditation.

A 2014 report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities indicates that transition planning support from high school through college, and beyond, is greatly lacking among LD students. While 55% of students with learning disabilities have transition plans, disability services personnel from two and four year institutions are sought out only 26% of the time. As a result, students are at risk of dropping out. There is a great need to empower and teach students the language of self-advocacy.

Climb the Wall bridges the opportunity gap by offering experiential programs with structured and unstructured activities that provide students with time for self-discovery as they explore their strengths and develop coping mechanisms for their disabilities. Reflection time allows students to process their experience to gain self-knowledge and map new goals. Over six weeks students receive individualized climbing instruction in a safe and supervised environment where students learn the fundamentals of climbing and leave program with a belayer certification and much much more.

A video of our first program is available here: https://youtu.be/9AEgoEwbl7w

Funded by Philadelphia, PA (February 2016)