North Conway, NH, Dec 2023 – The Kismet Rock Foundation is honored to be a recipient of a grant from the REI Cooperative Action Fund. Kismet will receive $15,000 for two consecutive years that will go directly towards scholarships for students participating in the 2024-25 summer program seasons. Kismet is now in its 25th season providing a four-year program to underserved youth.
Kismet was one of many organizations selected whose work is directly aligned with the REI Cooperative Action Funds mission to create a more equitable outdoors by bringing together the collective strength of community.
“We are proud and excited to be recognized by the team at the REI Cooperative Action Fund,” said Executive Director Krissy Fraser. “This generous support is instrumental in enabling us to provide our rock climbing program for four consecutive years to each student at no cost to the families, offering an opportunity they may otherwise never experience.”
Kismet accepts students from a broad range of geographic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Students have an extraordinary opportunity to develop friendships with, and learn from, children whose experience is very different from their own. Kismet students regularly express an increased appreciation for their surrounding environment and engagement with outdoor activities. Kismet currently serves teenagers from Boston, MA; Manchester, Berlin, Gorham and Bartlett, NH; Fryeburg and Portland, ME.
To learn more and support Kismet Rock Foundation visit kismetrockfoundation.org.
Founded in 2000 by Mike Jewell, Kismet Rock Foundation nourishes the physical, intellectual, and emotional development of underserved rural and urban children from New England before they enter their formative teen years. Our success in redirecting the path and supporting the potential of children is accomplished by providing a comprehensive education in technical rock climbing within the context of a stable and loving family-like atmosphere.
The REI Cooperative Action Fund is a community-supported public charity bringing together the collective strength of the community to support organizations that are improving the well-being of all people through time outside. The REI Fund announces new investments eah year in the spring and the fall to provide unrestricted funding to nonprofit partners across three specific areas: connecting people outside, creating space outside, and centering health outside.
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