Streets to Peaks
Moving the Mountain/Streets to Peaks
Jim is the founder of an outdoor experiential program called “Streets to Peaks”.Under the umbrella of “Moving the Mountain” (MTM) through the University of Alberta and Harvard University’s Aboriginal Studies program, Streets to Peaks enriches and empowers the lives of young at-risk aboriginal women, ages 13-21,through facing challenges and exposure to climbing and the mountains. MTM seeks to unlock potential for a population that has, historically, not been well served by the traditional Western model of education.
These are the lost children; many are homeless, facing multiple challenges. Most have never dared to dream; their lives are challenged by simple issues — where to eat, to sleep, to stay safe.
Through Streets to Peaks Jim and other mentors offer youths an outdoor experience that encompasses a challenge to reach the top of a mountain, along with photography, observing flora & fauna and wildlife encounters, yoga, while building team spirit. This year 12 young women will participate in a climb and experience the rewards and satisfaction of facing a challenge and celebrating their achievements. A ceremony atop the mountain provides time for personal reflection and release.
Past participants have been profoundly impacted by their realization and internalization of success at accomplishing the climb. The young participants carry the memory of this significant rite of passage as a talisman for their future endeavours.