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p:ear and the Explore Fund let homeless youth experience and transform through climbing

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p:ear is proud to announce The North Face awarded a 2016 Explore Fund grant for p:ear’s Climbing Program. The p:ear Climbing program was established in 2012 to support our mission of building positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. Since its founding, the program has proven to be one of the most effective ways to promote trusting and positive relationships; build self-confidence and sense of responsibility; increase mental and physical health; instill stronger critical thinking and decision making skills; encourage a reverence for the environment and a desire for a healthier life. Climbing adventures are a key to this forward movement – helping to promote and provide a lasting nature connection. The climbing program will use the grant for three overnight trips to Oregon’s Smith Rock, famous for climbing.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have been selected for this opportunity to provide some truly amazing and life changing experiences for the homeless youth I work with.” Nathan Engkjer; p:ear’s Wilderness Rec. Coordinator

The North Face selected a total of 45 nonprofits that engage their participants in opportunities that inspire a lifelong love of the outdoors. Selected programs use outdoor exploration as a catalyst for positive personal or societal change, to encourage participants to try new outdoor activities, and promote environmental stewardship values.

“Encouraging people to experience and enjoy the outdoors has been our mission at The North Face since we were founded 50 years ago,” said Ann Krcik, senior director of Outdoor Exploration at The North Face. “We are proud to support these outstanding programs that expose participants to the beauty and joy of the outdoors. Through these Explore Fund grants, we are building a community of outdoor explorers and inspiring people to love and protect the places where we play.”

As part of its mission to start a global movement of outdoor exploration, The North Face introduced Explore Fund ( in 2010 and the program has since provided more than $2.2 million in grants to organizations committed to inspiring people to explore the outdoors and care for the environment.

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