Our Students

Kismet students are between the ages of 12-16 who because of financial and cultural limitations, do not have access to life-enriching opportunities. Kismet's goal is to offer students an opportunity to explore their unique gifts and develop their individual human potential, through rock climbing and the cultivation of a nurturing community. Kismet Rock Foundation accepts children who are well-functioning but are in danger of being impacted by limited resources. Using the means of in-depth, personal interviews with potential students, Kismet invites children into the program who exhibit a curiosity to try new things, show an interest in building strong relationships, and have a yearning to develop their personal potential.


Kismet prioritizes students in the following two groups:

• Those who are experiencing the debilitating long-term deterioration associated with limited resources. These students are often overlooked because they are not in direct need of rehabilitation. We see in these children a spark of life, a yearning to develop, and a desire to be fully seen and heard. These children truly lack extracurricular opportunities, but would likely flourish in our program.

• Those who have some opportunities in their lives, but their material and social capital is limited. These students may have a meaningful role model, access to an occasional short trip, or engage in an extracurricular activity at school. This group is underserved and we believe that they will experience a huge boost from the opportunities that Kismet offers, we want them in our program.


The Kismet student body represents a broad range of gender, ethnic, and cultural diversity. Our students have an extraordinary opportunity to develop friendships and learn from children whose experience is very different from their own.


Students we cannot accept: 

• Those who have financial resources, social capital, or nourishing experiences that will sustain their potential.  

• Those in need of therapeutic intervention because of emotional or behavioral dysregulation.