CMC accepting applications for free youth outdoor leadership course
First Ascent program enrolling students now – April 22 deadline
The First Ascent Youth Leadership program is now accepting applications for its free multi-day course based out of Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Leadville.
Although the program took a hiatus during the past two years due to the pandemic, First Ascent is operating again this summer. The course is for students who will complete eighth and ninth grade this spring. Dates this year run from Sunday, June 19 through Friday, June 24.
Sponsored by Alpine Bank and the J. Robert Young Foundation, First Ascent is available to students living in eight counties: Chaffee, Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Lake, Pitkin, Summit and a portion of Routt. Recommendations from a counselor, teacher or other adult need to be submitted along with each application.
First Ascent brings together students from around the CMC district and gives students opportunities to develop and learn leadership skills such as problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution and communication. Students live at CMC’s residential hall in Leadville, and build self-esteem through challenges such as rock climbing, hiking Mount Elbert and rafting the Arkansas River.
This year, First Ascent will accept 35 students who show potential to be leaders. Counselors and staff are former graduates of the program, and students completing First Ascent can return to work as staff during future summers.