Young Women

Who Crush

Non-Profit Partner

Young Women Who Crush (YWWC) is a rock climbing and leadership development program serving young women and gender-expansive youth from NYC public schools. YWWC empowers its participants to recognize their own power and potential through climbing, mentorship, and community. YWWC’s curriculum is designed to help young women recognize their own strength and realize their potential through a discipline they may not have experienced before: climbing. The YWWC program empowers girls to become not just climbers, but leaders in both their communities and the outdoors.

YWWC is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We currently serve young women from 10 New York City public schools and have built a community that provides a safe space for dialogue around issues related to gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality and other dimensions of identity. YWWC believes in gender inclusivity and our program is open to gender-expansive youth.

Why We Work Together

Partnering with Young Women Who Crush has been a natural effort that’s aligned with our shared values, goals, and ambitions for what future generations of climbers look like. Today, Outdoor Research works with Young Women Who Crush’s team on product developments that remove barriers to getting more people outside, closely collaborating with YWWC key team members, and supporting their important programming and events with monetary donations.

Now Available: The ActiveIce Hijab

Introducing the first technical hijab for outdoor sports.

The first ever hijab built with climbers, skiers, mountaineers, and hikers in mind. No need for pins here, this helmet-optimized hijab has a fitted stretchy knit around the face. The hidden shock cord back adjustment cinches the hijab down for high exertion activity and keeps hair off the neck. The combination of ActiveIce™ and Astroman make this lightweight, wicking hijab also UPF50+.

In collaboration with Marjana Tafader -- climber and mentor for Young Women Who Crush in NYC. @marjana_tafader

As seen in Brown Girls Climb Roundup of: “A Guide to Climbing in a Hijab”

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