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  • Atovias

    Saw this on Univision this is just amazing. Being a Hispanic living in the states, it's hard to hear about the things going on in what was such a beautiful country. Haven't seen my family in over 14 years because of the violence. Most definetly will support! Great project! Keep it up guys! c:

  • maria.kenneally

    I love this programme! Clearly a great amount of thought has gone into the vision and realisation of it. I am a creative arts practitioner and I too work with marginalised young people. They have incredible energy and potential that can be channeled creatively through initiatives like these. Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work.

  • Imedina59

    This is a great story and I definitely agree with the approach. There is a similar group in Chicago called Chicago Adventure Therapy. Might be good for the two groups to have some discussion.

  • Ryan McCrary

    Great read! We're doing something similar in South Carolina (, we've seen climbing (as well as other outdoor activities) be a huge motivator for thousands of at-risk youth who have come through our program. Keep up the good work, we'll be following y'all!

  • Zion Campo

    I love what you are doing! I am adding mountain climbing to my MUST DO list. I'm a big fan of nature and a bigger fan of people and organizations that give the youth a better life. Keep it up and hoping for a successful 2014 to you and your group!!!

    • Rory Smith

      You have to try it. If you are in Monterrey, feel free to come by and we will take you out.

  • Dani O'Brien

    I think this is really important work. However, I would caution you to reconsider the idea that you "save" youth. It denies the agency and strength that the youth bring to the table and instead positions them as passive being who just need someone to save them. I say this not to discredit your work, I think it is fantastic, but to help you think about how you move forward in a way that honors the youth that you are working with.

  • Nico Pena

    This organization shows the real social change passion to create beautiful communities. I am a rock climber myself and even asking just a couple of friends to come by with me to rock climb can be hassle and sometimes frustrating, since they are often times lazy to go. I give my good hopes that by 2015, there could be more than 1,000 youth involved.

    Rose VI, have you had any responses to your comment? I would most definitely be able to translate this post in spanish.

    • Rose Vl

      Hi, I did have a response, but hadn't seen it until now, I will translate this, you're very welcome if you want to help me out, regards

  • Rose Vl

    I like this article and I would like to translate it in Spanish so more mexicans could have access to it, would you put the link to the translated text? Regards

    • Rory Smith

      Rose, thanks for your positive support of this. Feel free to translate it to Spanish. Are you currently in Mexico?

      • Rose Vl

        Yes, I am, I haven't seen your reply, where should I send the translation?

  • Jamie Martina

    I think I just found a new organization I want to add to my resume one day.... I am so overwhelmingly happy that a group like this exists for at-risk youth. If I don't one day end up working for you all, I'd love to pick your brains on how to format a similar model for women leaving domestic violence situations. Who says kids can be the only ones to experience the unbridled joy of topping out! :) Your passion and drive inspire me. Keep up the amazing work!

    • Rory Smith

      I would love to chat with you regarding your idea Jamie. Part of what we really want to encourage through climbing is girls' empowerment so as to avoid future situations of domestic violence. Furthermore we will be working with girls who have already been subject to domestic violence as a way of providing them with the tools to move beyond these situations. I think the sport is a solid tool and remedy to situations of domestic violence.

  • Deborah Mason

    What an amazing concept! Please.... Continue to engage our youth in positive, life-enriching activities such as those offered through your program. GREAT job!

  • Candice Santaferraro

    As a fellow climber and having worked in outdoor experiential education, I understand full well the transformative power of getting a kid on the rock for the first time. No matter how tough they may seem, all fear curdles. But I cannot tell you how many live changing breakthroughs I have seen on a rock face. I'm encouraged to hear about your work and would love to hear more stories as you continue this. Many blessings!

  • parentsontherun

    I know the passion for change and empower those less fortunate and open their eyes to a better life. I'm a community activist in New York, East Harlem where the youth stands in the corners and sells drugs to survive. My job is to teach, educate and empower to a better future.. I'm the chair person to a non-profit, Throggs Neck-La Famiglia Bullying and Gang Prevent Organization in the Bronx. keep us posted on progress.. awesome you rock

  • jmastors

    i do believe you're onto something!

    nature + challenge + different conversation --> transformative insights that illuminate the world of possibility and the true extent of human capacity. my beliefs in one equation -- keep it up and i'll volunteer when i'm in mexico!

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I love how you took your experience and turned it into something that could change the lives of others. Wondering- and you don't have to answer this- do drug cartels cause issues for you considering that you may be involved with the youth they hire?

    • Rory Smith

      Thanks Alessandra and Jamie for the interest. It is a question that often comes up when I explain this project to friends, family, and really anyone that is interested. You always run the risk of something bad happening, however the youth we work with are extremely apprised of what is going on around them, i.e. who is who and who to avoid. Once involved in the project they will generally inform you of what is going on and if there is any danger involved. So as of now, we have not had any problems dealing with organized criminals/drug cartel members, although like I said, there is always the possibility.

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Good to know. It's interesting how they almost give you the inside of what's going on. I imagine you don't inform law enforcement for fear of their lack of safety?

        • Rory Smith

          We do our best to avoid all contact with the police. They are not trusted by anyone in the communities where we are active and their long track record as corrupt and involved with the cartels encourages us not to engage them. Furthermore and most importantly we would jeopardize the trust that we have gleaned in these areas with our target population by dealing with the police.