Peak 7 Annual Report 2016
To sum up this year, I want to share a quick story that I witnessed while accompanying the new Bower Adventure Course (BAC) youth on a summer backpacking trip:
One icy morning on Inspiration Glacier in the North Cascades National Park, it was Dieu’s turn to lead his peers for the day. You would never know that Dieu emigrated from Burundi when he was small, passing through refugee camps before being placed with an organization in Washington state that helped his family transition. Dieu has learned perfect English, and the only hint he gives about the obstacles he faced growing up is a hesitance to speak up around his peers. One of the goals that Dieu and Kevin, our BAC guide, established for the summer is being able to use his voice, which is really deep and surprisingly loud, to be a tool as he grows as a leader. We call it his ‘leader voice.’
One morning when it was his turn to lead his peers for the day, Dieu dragged himself out of his wet sleeping bag, crouched down next to Kevin and whispered, “What do I do now? It is so cold.” Kevin said, “You know what to do, Dieu. Get the guys up and let’s get the day started. You can do it – use your leader voice.” Kevin rolled over in his sleeping bag and closed his eyes, thinking the guys would be slow to get moving. And then suddenly – “WAKE UP! Get moving people, it’s time to hike!” Dieu’s leader voice echoed. We sat up and looked over. There was Dieu, standing in the middle of a group of groggy teenagers pulling on socks and jackets. His face split into a grin big enough to fill the valley below. He saw Kevin’s proud smile and said, “See, I knew I could step up.”
This story illustrates just the sort of lesson that we want to teach to tomorrow’s leaders, and it’s why we started the BAC. We could not be more thrilled to offer this opportunity to young women in the coming year as well.
2017 will be a year to set off on a new vision. I will transition out of my role as executive director to begin work on a community climbing gym, a place we hope will bring teens and community members together to climb, work, and bond, even when it’s 10 degrees outside. We believe the ability to run winter programs and provide a resource to the community will greatly enhance Peak 7’s impact and sustainability, and I am beyond excited to start working on it.
Thank you for all you have done to make 2016 Peak 7’s biggest and most impactful year yet in the lives of the youth we serve.
Dieu’s face split into a grin big enough to fill the valley. He saw Kevin’s proud smile and said, “See, I knew I could step up.”
Peak 7 Timeline
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Annual Report 2014Read more
2015 | 1st Seattle Banquet raises $60kRead more
Annual Report 2015Read more
2016 | The BAC BeginsRead more
A Word from the Board
2016 was a milestone year for Peak 7 Adventures. We completed the largest year of ministry in our history and celebrated our decade anniversary. We looked back over our first ten years, amazed and thankful for how far we’ve come and the youth whose lives have been changed because of Peak 7 donors, volunteers, and staff. We then looked forward, to new programs and strategies with the goal of strengthening our mission and impact on youth in the Pacific Northwest.
Peak 7 is a community of people who believe that the incredible potential of young people is just waiting to be unleashed by showing them how to overcome great obstacles and challenges one step at a time. Because of this, we took several steps this year to expand programs to reach young people in new ways:
- Through the new Bower Adventure Course, eight young men spent an entire summer in God’s creation, learning what it means to be a servant leader. In 2017, we will expand this program to serve eight young women as well.
- In Seattle, we began a Stand-Up Paddling program that will allow youth to access outdoor activities within the city’s limits.
2017 will be another landmark year, as our founder and executive director, Ryan Kerrigan, will transition into a new role, seeking to expand Peak 7’s impact and sustainability through a rock climbing gym initiative in Spokane. Our Board of Directors is already at work finding Peak 7’s new Executive Director who will continue the mission and impact of Peak 7’s existing programs.
We are thrilled to celebrate the lives that were impacted in 2016 and to take these next steps in faith that are only possible because of your dedication to Peak 7 and the youth we serve.
Thank you for your role in making Peak 7 what it is today and for joining us in this meaningful time of growth as we expand our mission, improve our sustainability and increase our impact on the youth in our hometowns.
We are so grateful for your support, prayers, and partnership.
Kiuk Lee, Board of Directors