This grant aims to establish a C.L.I.M.B. (Cultivating Leadership in the Mountains and Beyond) program in two communities. C.L.I.M.B. utilizes a blend of classroom sessions and hiking excursions over several months to impart crucial life skills to local teenagers, including leadership, teamwork, healthy lifestyles, and outdoor safety. Environmental education will also be a key focus, encompassing both understanding and preservation. Additionally, the C.L.I.M.B. program fosters cross-cultural collaboration. A cultural exchange between two Moroccan communities will take place, as students from different backgrounds will come together for joint hiking excursions, promoting mutual learning and appreciation.
Community counterparts have also played a pivotal role in the program's planning, from project management and budgeting to teaching and networking. This hands-on experience will offer them many adaptable skills that will contribute to the program's long-term sustainability.