Cool Stuff We Do!
Mountain Circle is committed to the health and well-being of the communities where we live and work.
The PowderQuest Adventure
Each March, Mountain Circle takes 25-30 older foster youth, and their adult mentors, on an outdoor adventure at the Sugarbowl Ski area. Skiing and snowboarding are what social workers call a natural ‘tool’ for teaching important life lessons such as patience, persistence, responsibility, courage, respect, and pride. Comments from this year’s participants:
“The trip is awesome. I learned you can’t just be a pro, you gotta learn. It’s amazing! It helps me meet people and not be to “shy.”
“I actually didn’t want to go at first, but I ended up loving it.”
“I learned to just chill and have fun. I really enjoyed everything! Thank you, staff!”
Across the board, traditional foster care programs have dismal ‘success’ rates because they do not address the complexity of the child’s experience- a safe and loving home and traditional therapy are sometimes not enough. A successful program must be comprehensive and dynamic, and it must support youth to make positive choices for the long-term. This means providing opportunities to build self-confidence, self-reflection, and leadership skills- beyond the front door and into the real world. By combining snow sports with leadership training, the PowderQuest Program provides an adventure with a long-term impact. These trips are funded entirely by the hard work of Charity Runners who race at the Running with the Bears Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K event each August. THANK YOU CHARITY RUNNERS!!