This week's special 4th of July edition of A.P.T. goes out to Michelle Welsch. Interestingly enough, I was never actually formally introduced to Michelle. I found a mention of her on Seth Godin's blog and out of curiousity, checked out her website. On what I considered to be a long shot, I reached out and received an email back pretty quickly. We then set up a phone call in which we chatted about her amazing story and a series of curated dinners that she hosts. I had the good fortune to attend one of those dinners and met some incredible people who I still keep in touch with to this day.
But the story doesn't end there.
A few weeks back Michelle started a Twitter Chat #cxchat in which I participated and I met another group of awesome people who are just as passionate about connecting. It was a great experience and I have found that when I'm looking for inspiration, a quick stop over at her blog, gives me a needed boost.
In addition to all of the wonderful things she is currently doing, Michelle also has a campaign that she is raising money for that serves youth which you can read about and support below.
Kids should be outside.You may remember riding bikes with friends, going hiking with your parents, learning how to fish. At sunset, mom or dad would have to holler at you to come inside. You felt safe playing outside and had plenty of opportunities to do so.
As a social worker in the South Bronx, I watched students pack into overcrowded gyms. Many didn't feel safe on their block, so their time in the gym was the extent of their physical activity for the week.As a probation officer, I saw that treatment programs incorporating wilderness experiences were more effective than detention centers. These excursions deeply impacted the juveniles, and their experiences outside together were some of the most meaningful they had.
$9,000 + Mt. Everest's Base Camp + Awareness = Success
In a world where "Nature Deficit Disorder" is a reality, we need to do our part to make sure all kids have access to the outdoors. This fundraiser will give city kids access to nature and memorable educational experiences.
My goal is to raise $9,000 for the cause and climb Mount Everest's Base Camp in order to do so. The climb begins on September 26, 2013, and I plan to achieve my fundraising goal by my birthday, August 6.
Your donation will directly support the program, providing such things as:
- supplies and research equipment
- hiking boots
- snacks and lunches
- student sponsorship for a 3-week summer camp
- student sponsorship for the Student Climate & Conservation Congress
The best initiatives are never achieved alone.
Some of the most epic journeys are traveled with teams, and most kids have a handful of heroes who impact their lives. I've created some fun perks as we work together to foster outdoor education:
- Your very own Everest Base Camp training plan
- Handwritten letters from each day of my journey
- A VIP Dinner on this roof
- A postcard sent from Kathmandu
- A date with Michelle in New York City
- The ability to experience Everest from your living room
- A twitter thank you recognizing your fabulousness
- Your story on Project Exponential's blog
Thank you for joining our team and believing that connection changes lives.
Please share this campaign with colleagues, friends, and fellow adventurers.
Live in an urban area? Contact Discover Outdoors Foundation for volunteer opportunities.