Here is a video about Anchorage GRIT by Rugile Kaladyte and an article more information with considerations about starting a GRIT program. We’d love to see more opportunities like this spring up around the world.
In 2017, I began a girls cycling mentorship program in my hometown, Anchorage, Alaska. Over six weeks, we build up to a 60 mile, 3 day adventure ride from their school in East Anchorage to the Serenity Falls Forest Service cabin at the end of Eklutna Lake. We meet 2-3 times a week to ride and build skills (first aid, fixing a flat, packing, bag-making, route finding, mountain biking…) for the final camp out. All of the mentors and teachers are women. We work with 12-13 year old girls and have run the program for three seasons. Girls from previous years can come back as student mentors. It’s encouraging to see them gain confidence, take on a huge challenge and have fun.