Embark is a start-up program in Salt Lake City working to build confidence, leadership, and teamwork through mountain mentorship for young women in Utah’s refugee community. All of the young women in this program remember their migration to the US, and many come from large families relying on a single income. Embark’s program includes weekly meet-ups for rock climbing, hiking, and wilderness safety education, plus four multi-day excursions over the course of the year.
After a year of hibernation during the pandemic, Embark is back and is stronger than ever in 2021! Support from The Cairn Project will help Embark double the size of its cohort this years gathering roughly 20 girls for regular hikes, climbing clinics, and several overnight trips. This program remains free to participants, all of whom have legal Refugee or Asylum-seeker status, and creates a critical space for young women to cultivate their leadership abilities, practice setting attainable but challenging goals, and develop a connection to the natural landscape of their new home.