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.


How To Support

Through expert coaching, mentorship, and outdoor education, YWWC provides New York City public high school students with unparalleled opportunities to develop themselves not just as athletes and climbers, but as the next generation of community and outdoor leaders. 

YWWC partners with The Cliffs at LIC and CatRock Ventures, an indoor climbing gym in Long Island City, to offer free climbing instruction to our mentees – along with Wilderness First Aid certification courses, Leave No Trace education, and more. In addition to the 9 months of indoor climbing instruction, we take our climbers on outdoor climbing trips and overnights including to the Shawangunk Mountains in New York State’s Hudson Valley and to Rumney, New Hampshire.

YWWC is supported by CatRock Ventures, The Cliffs at LIC, The Mohonk Preserve, Mountain Skills, Evolv, Dank Banana Bread, Clif Bar, Outdoor Research, and your generous donations.

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