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THE WOODS PROJECT EMBARKS ON ANNUAL LEADERSHIP ADVENTURE
160 students and 40 volunteers will spend two weeks in the great outdoors
HOUSTON — The Woods Project, a Houston-based nonprofit that provides opportunities for low income youth to develop life skills through a wilderness education program, today announced that 160 students and 40 volunteers will take on a two-week, life-changing adventure to Donner Pass, Yosemite and Glacier National Parks. The first summer group will depart from Terminal E in Bush Intercontinental Airport on Saturday, July 12th at 6:30 a.m. for Donner Pass, 9 a.m. for Yosemite National Park and 3 p.m. for Glacier National Park.
“The Woods Project’s year-round programs and summer immersion curriculum expose students to a wide variety of challenges that develop invaluable life skills necessary for success in college and beyond,” said Steve Rosencranz, Founder of The Woods Project. “It is rewarding to see how many great lives this program impacts. We took our first trip with a group of 11 kids in 2006 and now we are embarking on our eighth summer adventure with 160 students and 40 volunteers. We are working towards building community leaders through education that goes beyond the classroom; students learn everything from Leave No Trace principles to how to work as a team to conquer everyday challenges.”
The Woods Project creates wilderness education and exploration experiences that develop essential behaviors needed to achieve success such as independence, social intelligence, adaptability, critical thinking, perseverance, environmental awareness and curiosity. Students interact and learn in an unfamiliar, exciting and diverse environment they otherwise would not have the opportunity to do so.
As one of the fastest growing and most impactful alternative education programs in the United States, The Woods Project is improving the life trajectory of more than 2,500 students who have participated in the organization since its inception in 2006. This year, The Woods Project has reached 650 low-income students from 17 schools throughout Houston area and one school in New York.
About The Woods Project
The Woods Project is a comprehensive program of wilderness education experiences oriented toward the development of life skills in youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Woods Project programming starts in September of each year with selected high school students. Programming continues through the school year and culminates in intensive summer sessions designed to promote team building, provide physical challenges and opportunities for leadership development.