Sara is a post-graduate student in Leadership and planning to climb the seven highest peaks on each continet to raise funds and awarness for seven organizations who are empowering women.
In April 2015, she climbed Everest when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit. After she was rescued, she witnessed the earthquake’s devastating impact on the people of Nepal. Sara was inspired and motivated by the women and girls there who yearned to continue their education despite the damage their schools suffered. She decided then to dedicate her subsequent climbs to organizations supporting girls self- empowerment and opportunities.
Today, Sara has chosen National Crittenton’s advocacy efforts as the cause behind her Denali climb. The organization’s mission to catalyze social and systems change for girls and young women, cis and trans, and gender nonconforming youth impacted by chronic adversity, violence, and injustice resonated with her deeply. Girls, particularly those of color, are even more at risk for exposure to violence and system involvement as a result of the intersection of their race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical ability, and class. National Crittenton’s advocacy work and The Crittenton family of 26 independently run direct service agencies center girls and gender nonconforming youth at the margin of the American dream: those who are or have been involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems and who experience violence, homelessness, poverty, young motherhood, trafficking, abuse, neglect and family dysfunction and more. Just as Sara will scale Denali, the courage and determine of girls and young women facing these obstacles and the supports provided to them will enable them to climb their own mountain. Sara’s climb will begin on June 8 and last approximately 20 days.