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Elevate Minds, Summit Hope.
Climbing Kilimanjaro for Teen Mental Health

Elevation 19,341 feet

Fundraising Goal = $19,341.00

Join us as we set out on an epic adventure! Take part in making an impact on teen mental health as we scale new heights climbing the highest free-standing mountain above sea level in the world - Mount Kilimanjaro.

 

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro will be a transformative experience. The journey to the top will be a significant physical and mental challenge. It will require determination, resilience, and teamwork – all of which are important life skills. The breathtaking landscapes and serene surroundings of Kilimanjaro create a unique setting for self-reflection and mindfulness. As we navigate the rugged terrain and face the mental and physical hurdles of the climb, we will have to rely on each other as well as we tap into our own inner strength and resilience.

Arrow Glacier Camp and the Western Breach of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. JakeNorton.com

Climbing a mountain is strikingly similar to the journey of maintaining mental health. Both require resilience, perseverance, and the ability to navigate challenging terrain. In the same way that ascending a mountain involves facing steep slopes and unpredictable weather, managing mental health involves confronting life's obstacles and uncertainties. The ascent mirrors the process of overcoming mental health struggles, with each step symbolizing progress towards a healthier state of mind. As we climb, we will rely on each other for support. Just like when we face struggles in life we must rely on support. No one should ever walk alone. The summit represents mental well-being, and the climb represents the importance of self-care, introspection, and the gradual, persistent effort needed to reach a place of stability and resilience. Both journeys, whether up a mountain or towards mental health, emphasize the transformative power of facing challenges head-on and emerging stronger on the other side.

Meet the Climbers

Support the Dream

Like Cameron, Team Kilimanjaro dreams of a world without mental health stigma where teens know they are not alone and open, supportive conversations happen everywhere. The funds raised during this journey will be put into initiatives that promote awareness, provide resources, and offer support to teenagers grappling with depression and anxiety. The CKG Foundation will grow their SpeakUp Clubs and empower teens to access tools they already possess, normalize mental health conversations, and let them all know they never have to walk alone.
Sunrise near the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Mt. Mawenzi rises behind.

Hear the Why

Listen to five passionate individuals share why they are choosing this adventure.

Track the Journey

Follow the team as they embark upon this incredible journey.

A link to track the team is coming soon!

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Learn More about the CKG Foundation

To learn more about the CKG Foundation and its work toward reducing stigma surrounding teen mental health, or to learn other ways to get involved, please visit the Foundation's website.

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