SheJumps Annual Report

Our fiscal year runs July 1-June 30, so here are the results for the AMAZING things we accomplished in 2017-2018.

It was truly a banner year for SheJumps.

You can view the entire report by clicking here.


The highlights
:

—2,779 participants (12,000 served since 2007)

—124 events

—853 youth served

—13% growth YOY

Here’s a glimpse at our one-pager! Like what you see? Please donate to our cause today.

Please help us sustain this AMAZING level of growth by making a contribution today.
You can get a 5 pack of these limited edition stickers for a donation of $25 or more and be entered to win a trip for 2 to Silverton!

Thank you for supporting SheJumps this Giving Tuesday 2018

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to SheJumps on Giving Tuesday 2018!

With your support, we raised $10,022!

That’s the most successful day of fundraising SheJumps has ever had. What this means to us is that our community believes in the power of the outdoors. THANK YOU!

But we still need your help!

Our goal of raising $15,000 this holiday season helps us to strengthen our regional programs, expand our Wild Skills programs to more locations, and shift our strategic plan to life. Our fundraising campaign will begin on Giving Tuesday (11/27) and run until December 31.

 Click here to make your gift

Your donation helps SheJumps:

  • —Improves outreach to communities of all backgrounds, specifically working to increase diversity in our programs through long-term partnerships with organizations working with communities of color
  • —Provide more Wild Skills Youth events across the country
  • —Strengthen event infrastructure, safety, risk management, and outreach efforts.

SheJumps is offering our annual limited-edition Girafficorn Sticker pack to donors of $25 or more this holiday season.

But that’s not all!

For every $25 donated to SheJumps this holiday season, you are entered to win our Golden Ticket giveaway for a trip to Silverton Mountain in Colorado.

Golden Ticket Giveaway 2018*

Win a 2-day dream vacation to Silverton Mountain – the highest, steepest skiing in the United States! Plus 1 pair of K2 skis, outerwear from Outdoor Research, a Deuter backpack and baselayer set from Ortovox. Winner will be announced on January 12, 2019 on International Women’s Snow Day at Crystal Mountain. You do not need to be present to win. For every $25 you donate to SheJumps, you’re entered for a chance to win! Donate $100, you get 4 chances — you get the idea! Support a nonprofit that increases the participation of women and girls in the outdoors.

DONATE TODAY!

Photo at Silverton Mountain by Sven Brunso

Your donation supports our regional programming around the country.

In 2017-2018, SheJumps hosted 124 Events in 19 states with the help of 60 regional volunteers.

  • Force of Nature: Immigrant & Refugee Wild Skills outreach program: 10 events
  • Outdoor Education: 47 events
  • Community Initiatives: 20 events
  • Get the Girls Out!: 12 events
  • Wild Skills Youth Initiative: 22 events
  • International Women’s Ski & Snowboard Day: 21 events

Regional programs provide resources to provide youth education by cultivating local support in our communities, sourcing more volunteers, and getting support from local businesses.

Don’t delay — donate today! Your gift makes an impact for the future. Help us become a more impactful, dynamic, and sustainable nonprofit with a focus on inclusivity.

*ELIGIBILITY: Must be eighteen (18) or older to win. This Giveaway is open only to individuals who are permanent legal residents of the 47 United States of America (excluding residents of Alaska, Hawaii, Rhode Island, overseas military installations, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and other U.S. Territories).

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner be will be chosen at random on 1/12/2019. Winners will be notified via email.

CONDITIONS: Prizes are transferable. No cash redemption or substitution will be allowed. By entering the sweepstakes, I agree to sign up to receive newsletters and special offers from SheJumps, Silverton, K2, Deuter, Smith, Outdoor Research, Ortovox, and Deuter. I understand I can opt-out of these messages at any time.

MSP All In – Seattle Premiere

The Matchstick Productions All In ski movie was on tour in Seattle on October 11th. SheJumps ladies got together at Floating Bridge Brewery prior to the movie premiere.

Thanks to all who joined for a fun nigth! Really cool to finally see so many rad ski ladies in the same movie! Special thanks to Elyse SaugstadAngel Collinson and Michelle Parker for stopping by Floating Bridge Brewery to connect and share their stories! And big thanks to 📸 Ryan French for capturing the moment 😊

 

For those of you who missed the premiere, you can get the movie here and here, or pre-oder a copy here!

 

Leavenworth Rock Rescue Clinic with Mountain Madness & SheJumps – Recap

In September Mountain Madness partnered with SheJumps to provide a Rock Rescue Clinic in Leavenworth, WA providing participants with a solid foundation of companion rescue skills on vertical rock. Five women with previous traditional rock climbing experience took part in the hands on course lead by two experienced and supportive female guides.

Once participants and the guides introduced themselves and their previous experience climbing outside, the team moved in to a full day “en-rock” curriculum beginning with basic anchor builds and belay escapes, moving into more complex raising and lowering systems. We covered ascending to our partner, a variety of rappelling options, knot passes, and advanced rope work.

Site management was also a key topic throughout the course. By the end of the day participants were able to carry out various rescue scenarios using our learned techniques under the guidance of our two instructors.

The full curriculum included:

Advanced anchors and belay systems

Knots, hitches and ratchets

Belay escapes

Raising

Lowering

Pre-rigged rappels

Passing knots

Tandem rappelling

Counterbalance rappelling

Transitions through all systems

 

A big thanks to our partners at Mountain Madness for full day of learning and fun!

9/26/2018

Stephanie Peterson

 

Partner Profile: Carve Designs

Did you get on the water this summer? SheJumps was thrilled to bring more water based activities to our communities thanks to our generous partner Carve Designs. Thanks to Carve, this summer SheJumps launched the Surf and SUP Series, where close to 200 women tried water sports. This included surfing in Virginia, sailing and SUP in Vermont, SUP Yoga in Washington, and more paddleboarding in Massachusetts! Kicking off this partnership was a win-win since SheJumps loves to support women owned businesses who care about the environment and give back to the outdoor community. Learn more about Carve! We’re already dreaming about more fun in the water and waves next summer!

What inspired your founders to start the company?

Carve Designs was born following a surf trip to San Pancho, Mexico, when lifelong friends Thayer Sylvester and Jen Hinton  lamented how hard it was to find board shorts for real women with real bodies – and a genuine passion for adventure. Started as a surf apparel company selling rashguards and boardshorts in 2003, Carve Designs has grown into a complete beach lifestyle brand; offering surf, swim, fitness, and lifestyle clothing.  Designed in California by female designers who test drive every piece themselves, the brand is dedicated to providing effortless feminine clothing that is as inspirational and versatile as the women who wear it.

What does being a “lady boss” mean to you?

Thayer and Jen are both career women and mothers, and consistent with the stereotype, believe that women are good listeners.  “As female bosses, we listen to our employees and pride themselves on their ability to provide a flexible work-life balance.  We hope to empower our employees to live their best lives both in and out of the office”. – Thayer Sylvester, Co-founder and CEO

What inspired Carve to support SheJumps and help more women and girls get on the water?

“SheJumps’ mission to increase the participation of women and girls in outdoor activities aligns directly with Carves Designs’ purpose to create versatile clothing for women with real bodies and a passion for adventure.  Carve Designs’ apparel is inspired by the calm content feeling of the beach, waves and water, and through SheJumps, we hope to inspire more women—of all ages, shapes and sizes—to engage in the water-based activities that fuel our passions.” –Allison Gigliotti, Marketing Director

At SheJumps, keeping our outdoor playground healthy and accessible is a priority. Is there anything you’d like to share about your environmental sustainability practices?

Along with a commitment to safe and fair manufacturing, Carve Designs is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, whose ethos to reduce environmental impact is reflected in Carve Designs’ business practices: from the use of 100% organic cotton in all knits, to sustainable, biodegradable Tencel and Modal in its lifestyle apparel line.

How else does Carve work to support the outdoor community?

In addition to SheJumps, Carve Designs supports additional community organizations including the Send It Foundation (https://www.senditfoundation.org/) and Brown Girl Surf (https://www.browngirlsurf.com/)

Ambassador Sarah Field Making a Difference in Denver

Ambassadors are the heart and soul of SheJumps. We rely on this special group of girafficorns to help us deliver our programs and bring the stoke to their local communities. We recently had a chance to catch up with Sara Crofton, our Denver area ambassador, who was willing to give us a glimpse into volunteer life. By trade, Sara is a hard working high school culinary arts and nutrition/food science teacher who also runs a student organization and culinary competition team. Crofton stepped into the ambassador role after being an active volunteer in Colorado and we are thrilled that she made the move!

How has becoming an ambassador taken your SJ game to the “next level”
I feel more connected to the community at large. By being an ambassador, I can see how what I am doing directly impacts other women. By organizing events and seeing the results, I am able to get that tangible feedback of how powerful SheJumps is.

What has been a few of your favorite events that you have put together for SJ?
I loved the yoga retreat earlier this summer. Having 20 rad ladies get together to advance their technical practice but also to self-reflect and really delve into the mental aspect was incredible. One of my favorites, though, was my first big event when I was a volunteer about 5 years ago. I put on a showing of Pretty Faces in Fort Collins when it first came out, and it was a hugely successful and fun event. That really solidified my love for SheJumps and my desire to become involved in a bigger way.

What advice do you have for someone who may want to become an ambassador or what type of person do you think would make a great SJ team member?
If you are interested, just make sure that you are 100% committed. This organization is so phenomenal and needs dedicated team members who believe in our work and are willing to help us expand our reach. The more committed you are, the more successful we are as a whole.

What are some SJ events coming up that you are looking forward to?
I’m pumped for the coming winter season! Avy 2 courses, International Women’s Ski Day, etc. YAY SNOW!

And a few fun questions…What’s next on your adventure to do list?
I’m going to Zion for some mud season playing! But first, Burning Man.

What is one of your favorite pieces of summer gear?
I’m obsessed with my Gossamer Gear pack – ultralight, functional, durable.

Do you think you have what it takes to be a SheJumps Ambassador? Applications are open through Sep 23, 2018. If you are interested in submitting an application please visiting the appropriate link:

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Girls chart course in outdoor industry

Written by: Avril Wiers

“If we go for a second lap I’m going to faint.”

I was standing in a parking lot, rallying a group of 14 girls from all over the county, getting ready for another try at mountain biking. Our inspiring mentor for the day had since departed and lunchtime food coma was making us sluggish. Clouds loomed in the distance and, if you listened carefully, you could hear a slight rumble of thunder blowing in over the lake. If we didn’t get going soon, we were going to be stuck on the trail during the storm.

The program was Trailblazers, a new initiative of Careerline Tech Center, a career and technical school that is a part of the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District in Holland, Michigan. The goal of the program is to introduce girls to careers in the outdoor industry by engaging them in outdoor recreation activities with industry mentors. The time is right–in June of this year, Michigan announced the creation of an Outdoor Recreation Advisory Council, a group of business people and conservation leaders that will advise the Department of Natural Resources on how to improve access and economic growth in the outdoor recreation sector. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation in Michigan accounts for $26.6 billion of consumer spending annually. Yet, outdoor industry is a career path that is often overlooked, especially among women. Trailblazers is out to change that.

During the course of the week, the Trailblazers hiked 6.9 miles, mountain-biked 8.2 miles, kayaked 3.5 miles, and completed 30 rock-climbing routes. Every day had career exploration activities and leadership and teambuilding games interspersed with outdoor recreation that was, for many of the girls, more strenuous than anything they’d ever done before.

When asked what impact Trailblazers had on their career aspirations, girls agreed: “It has made me seriously consider a career in the outdoor industry.” Comparing pre- and post-program surveys revealed that, after participating in Trailblazers, over half of the girls were interested in careers in outdoor industry ranging from parks and recreation to bicycle manufacturing.

Camber Outdoors, a Boulder-based nonprofit organization working toward gender inclusivity in the outdoor industry, has cited a lack of female role models as a major roadblock to advancement in outdoor industry for women just starting out in their careers. To combat that, they introduced a professional mentoring program whereby manager-level women are mentored by executive-level women. By connecting girls with mentors working in outdoor industry, Trailblazers hoped to accomplish a similar goal–inspiring future outdoor industry workers early.

But the program didn’t only change girls’ life goals, it also boosted their self esteem. “I realized that if I push myself out of my comfort zone, I can do more than I think I can,” one girl wrote after her first time in a kayak. “I learned that I can reach my goals even if I’m scared,” another reflected about her first experience in a bouldering gym.

“Are we there yet?!” one girl yelled as we turned another corner on our mountain bikes. I felt a raindrop. Then another. Then it began to downpour. The girls let out a little scream, but they didn’t stop pedaling. We rounded three more curves and came to the parking lot, where the girls quickly hopped off their rental bikes and tossed their helmets in the hamper, making the final sprint to the bus.

I finished rounding up the gear and got on the bus myself.

“Avril, look at all my mud!” one girl cheered. I breathed a sigh of relief. Summer camp is, after all, supposed to be fun. Even if it is preparing these girls for their futures.

SheSurfs w. Bigfoot Surf School in Westport RECAP

Check out the video that capture.share.repeat made of this event: https://youtu.be/IrLz3XjQGoE

Our first SheSurfs event was a huge success!  22 ladies of various ages learned how to surf in the sunshine and rain in Westport, WA.

Some of our participants had never swam in the Pacific Ocean before the event.  Female surfers in the community supported this event by registering local girls to participate. We were given awesome swag for our participants donated by Roxy, Bigfoot Surf School, 33 Degree Surf boards, and The Surf Shop of Westport.

Bigfoot Surf School made this event possible with their 4 awesome surf coaches ensuring everyone had the right gear, knowledge, and coaching to get out there and rip in the waves.

It is safe to say we made some lifelong girafficorn surfers last weekend.  Be sure to look for more SheSurfs events next Spring and Summer!

 

Wild Skills Mountain Adventure: Crystal 2018

On Friday, August 17, girls ages 6-17 and their families joined us for a Wild Skills Adventure at Crystal Mountain. SheJumps Wild Skills Adventures are open community events where parents/chaperones participate with the girls. Throughout the adventure, participants are introduced to a range of technical and survival skills girls need to get out and adventure.

The event start was a rolling one with groups showing up as they want between 9:30 am – 11:30am. At registration they received a specialized Wild Skills Journal & Adventure map which guided them throughout the event. Here’s a look at the event starting at the base area with the gear check:

10 Essentials & Leave No Trace Station

Location: Base Area

Partner: Clif

 

First stop of the day was 10 Essentials & Leave No Trace at the base area presented by Clif. SheJumps ambassador, Cheryl Kochevar, and volunteers did a gear check with each group, loaded them up with Clif Z bars, GoGo Squeez snacks and a journal as well as taught them how to protect the beautiful places they visit along the trail. After completed, they mosied over to the gondola for a ride to the summit.

Mt. Rainier Animal Station

Location: Top of Green Valley

Partner: Mt. Rainier National Park Education Department

 

After the laid back gondola ride, participants were treated to a full view of Mt. Rainier from the summit of Crystal Mountain topping out at an elevation of 6,872 feet. This was a unexpected treat seeing as the days before were filled with smoke from the wild fires. After soaking up the view, they traveled the ridge to the top of the Green Valley chair where Ranger Catherine was waiting to teach them all about wildlife in our area. This station was presented by Mt. Rainier National Park’s Education Department.

Sound Mapping Station

Location: Powder Pass

 

This was a self directed station where groups found a directional sign, colored pencils and the sounds of nature. Participants were instructed to record all the sounds around them – interpreting the sounds and drawing images in their Wild Skills Journal.

First Aid Station

Location: Lucky Shot Bowl

Partner: SheJumps

 

Groups followed the Crystal Mountain Trail route to the next station: First Aid. Headed up by Wild Skills Coordinator for Washington, Kristen Kochevar, the first aid station helped girls understand what they can do to stay safe on the mountain as well as what to do in an emergency. Reviewing how to safely assess a scene, do a complete body check and call for help as well as learning useful splints and how to properly tie a sling.

Water Purification Station

Location: Elizabeth Lake

Partner: Yukon Trading Company

 

Halfway down the summer trail, groups encountered a small trail leading up to Elizabeth Lake where the Water Purification Station presented by Yukon Trading Company was located. When you first arrived, Amy Cook & Megan Davin, gave you the breakdown of why we filter water and clearly represented all the bad stuff that can reside in water. Next, the girls got to filter water with Ultra-Light purification water bottles, a genius product from Grayl that easily does the process for you. After filling water bottles, the girls learned how to use Jet Boil stoves to heat water and create their own hot chocolate treat. Special thanks to Yukon Trading Company for going above and beyond with this rad station that was a favorite of many I talked to!

Shelter Building Station

Location: Henskin Lake

Partner: Arc’teryx Seattle

 

The Shelter Building Station presented by Arc’teryx Seattle located at Henskin Lake was the last technical station the girls came across. This ended up being a great place for many groups to take an extended break – enjoying lunch and even some swimming. After recharging with snacks, they were greeted by the volunteer team who handed them a mixed bag of items and tasked with building a survival shelter. Each group worked from the information in the Wild Skills Journals and was given tips & tricks by volunteers throughout the building process. There were many creative solutions!

Wrap Party!

Location: Base Area lawn

Partner: CLIF, Crystal Mountain, Y.E.T.I & SheJumps

 

The remainder of the trail passed through old growth forest, an old mining camp, waterfalls and even traverses a ski run called Gold Hills which participants could catch a glimpse of the wrap party. After completing the trail, girls were greeted by the giant inflatable CLIF arch, high fives, face painting, treats from CLIF, lawn games and food! Upon completion of stations, girls received a sticker marking they did it, at the end of the trail girls turned in their maps for a chance to win prizes. The free drawing included fabulous prizes from Arc’teryx, CLIF, K2 Sports, She Emerges and more of our rad partners!

Wild Skills at Crystal Mountain was made possible thanks to our generous partners and by our dedicated and hard working PNW team of volunteers who gave their time to help make this an event the participants will never forget. Thank you to all who helped make this such a special event for these young ladies and their families!

Biggest thanks to our Presenting Partner: CLIF

Special Thanks to our Adventure Stations Partners:

Crystal Mountain Resort

CLIF

Mt. Rainier National Park

Yukon Trading Company

Arc’teryx Seattle

Additional snacks provided by our friends at GoGo Squeez!