We believe climbing is for all people. At the same time, we recognize that climbing has historically been accessible only to a privileged few, and that the climbing community in our gyms does not represent the diversity we see in the cities we serve. That’s why we launched the FA Foundation.
Our Mission: Harness the energy of the climbing community to provide access and programming to underserved people and communities, breaking down barriers to entry and creating pathways to pursue climbing for life.
For 2021, we’re focusing the work of the FA Foundation on two main initiatives:
- REACH Youth Program, offering free weekly coached climbing sessions to kids from 5 non-profit partners who work with youth in the neighborhoods we serve
- RISE Membership Program, providing reduced-priced First Ascent gym membership options to those who face financial barriers to becoming a member
By June 2022, our goal is to provide 1,000 people with a climbing experience and 250 people with long term climbing access. We know there is a lot of work to be done, and that these efforts represent a small step in the right direction, but we’re glad to be on the journey.
Learn more about the REACH and RISE programs below. Questions? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.