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Young Women Who Crush

Grant Recipient of $5,000 - 2019 & 2021

About Young Women Who Crush

Young Women Who Crush (YWWC) works to empower NYC high school girls through indoor and outdoor rock climbing adventures that build community, cultivate confidence, nurture leadership skills and foster a deep respect for the natural world. The organization’s programs are offered tuition-free to all participants! YWWC was founded in 2017 by women and relies on the dedication of a cadre of 27 volunteer mentors to bring its programs to life. Since its launch two years ago, YWWC has grown from serving 10 girls at one high school to serving more than 40 girls from 10 NYC public high schools.

Over the course of a school year, our girls transform into strong and confident rock climbers capable of scaling cliffs the size of city buildings. They learn to support each other and communicate effectively, and are given the opportunity to experience the outdoors in a truly unique and meaningful way.

Alexis Krauss

Co-Founder, Young Women Who Crush

Girls Seeing Themselves as Climbers and Leaders

Renewal support to Young Women Who Crush will continue funding for this free-to-participants program, and will allow this year’s cohort to participate in Wilderness First Aid Training. In addition to weekly indoor meetups and mentorship, Young Women Who Crush hopes to take its group of 30 mentees into the wild several times in 2021, including two outings to the Shawangunk Mountains in New York’s Hudson Valley, an ice climbing course in the Adirondacks, and a longer-distance excursion to a western climbing area.

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