The students’ performances are really powerful and vulnerable…
Eight high-school students have embarked on a journey of epic proportions this summer. They have no cell phones or internet access, and they have been away from home for a month. adventure risk challenge
These teens are participating in Adventure Risk Challenge’s (ARC) literacy and leadership immersion course in Sequoia National Park. The ARC summer course introduces students to the majestic beauty of the Sierra while stretching their physical, academic, and personal abilities.
On Thursday, July 18, at 6 p.m., at St. Anthony Retreat Center in Three Rivers, the students will perform poems about their life’s journey and summer experience. This is a free event and open to the public.
“This is the first year we’ve held the event in Three Rivers,” said Will Fassett, ARC associate director. “The last two years we had the group perform in Fresno. The students’ performances are really powerful and vulnerable, so I hope a good number of folks will come out.”
ARC programs combine creative, reflective writing with outdoor adventure. From their base at the University of California’s UC Merced Field Station in Sequoia, students raft the Kaweah River, witness stunning views atop Mitchell Peak, and backpack deep into the rugged Sequoia wilderness.
Students have supported one another on 1,000-foot climbs while carrying heavy backpacks. They shared with one another their struggles at home and in school. They workshopped their poetry together, discussing their deepest hopes, fears, and dreams.
Giselle San Ramon, a Dos Palos High School and ARC Sequoia summer graduate, said the experience was “exhilarating”. She wrote at the end of the course, “Coming to ARC has helped me realize many things about learning to trust people, while also being independent. I’ve learned that it’s okay to share some of the weight off of my shoulders.”
The ARC students’ poetry compares something in their surroundings to their own story and describes their struggles, challenges, hopes, and dreams. The poetry reading is the students’ most challenging public speaking accomplishment and serves as a fundraiser that supports future ARC programming.
Although the Three Rivers event is free to attend, donations will be accepted and used to empower underserved youth. Every dollar donated will be doubled by a matching donation.
Join ARC between 6 and 6:45 p.m. for complimentary food and beverages; the poetry reading will begin at 6:45. If planning on attending, please consider RSVPing on ARC’s Facebook page.