San Juan Mountain S.O.L.E.S.

2016, 2018, 2019 Grant Recipient of $5,000

About San Juan Mountain S.O.L.E.S.

San Juan Mountain SOLES inspires young women to lead healthy, fulfilling lives rooted in big mountains, confident leadership, and authentic community engagement. SOLES’ annual program begins with a 7 day backpacking trip for the year’s cohort of “Sisters,” and continues with a year-round program of outdoor adventure, community service, and leadership development. After graduating, many SOLE Sisters return as peer mentors for the next year’s cohort.

“There is something in connecting people to place, experiencing it in groups, and having an immersive element."

Rachel Landis

Co-Founder, San Juan Mountain S.O.L.E.S.

Scholarships and Program Expansion

A third grant from The Cairn Project will continue to support access to SOLES’ programming: all participants receive a partial scholarship, and this year, at least four girls will receive full scholarships for this year-long program. In addition to scholarships, support from The Cairn Project will offer general support to SOLES as it develops and executes a vision for an expanded program. This expansion will include an annual SOLES Summit, a summer residency program complemented by ongoing learning and action focused on the intersection of adventure, sustainability, and activism. The Cairn Project is proud to partner with SOLES in their work to cultivate our next generation of changemakers!

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