UrbanPromise Charlotte is excited to announce that we have officially launched UrbanTrekkers here in our city! The UrbanTrekkers program seeks to complement UrbanPromise’s highly successful academic initiatives with outside expeditionary learning opportunities. We believe education requires motivation — an awakening of the childlike curiosity that is part of human nature. Trekker trips are designed to motivate students to learn from their outdoor experiences and carry that motivation back into their studies. Activities are designed to help develop students’ skills in teamwork, leadership, and decision-making.

The Six Key Elements of UrbanTrekkers are:

  • Community Service

  • Cross-Cultural Experiences

  • Environmental Awareness

  • Historical Perspective

  • Leadership & Teambuilding

  • Outdoor Adventure

As we launch our first Trekkers cohort in Fall 2019, we wanted to share a video that captures the heart of UrbanTrekkers and illustrates what we hope to do in Charlotte this year! This video was created by our partner UrbanPromise Trekkers groups in Camden, NJ:

THE urbantrekkers charlotte STORY

During the 2018-2019 school year, UP Charlotte piloted several Trekker experiences designed to gauge the interest of StreetLeaders in adding the program in our city. All StreetLeaders were invited to participate in three initial Treks: a day of outdoor team-building activities at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, a group hike to the top of nearby Crowder’s Mountain, and a historical "Urban Trek” throughout the different neighborhoods surrounding center-city Charlotte.


After receiving positive feedback about all of these experiences, leaders decided to move forward with formalizing UrbanTrekkers for our students!

An initial cohort of 15 StreetLeader Trekkers have committed to participating in the program during the 2019-2020 school year. In addition to embarking on several multi-day trips together, this cohort will help organize and plan other local trips for their 85+ StreetLeader peers to join throughout the year.

We’re looking forward to seeing how everyone involved will learn and grow as leaders through the experience! Express interest in getting involved with UrbanTrekkers below.

I love the outdoors and have worked at high adventure camps during many summers of my life, so I’m excited to see our StreetLeaders engage in trips that challenge the way they see and think about the world. Let’s go Trekking!
— Will Darden, UrbanTrekkers Co-Director
I love being in the outdoors, and really see and feel God’s creation and presence there. I want everyone to be able to have those experiences, and UrbanTrekkers fits so well with the overall Urban Promise program!
— Steve Gassaway, UrbanTrekkers Co-Director


Our UrbanTrekkers leadership team is currently planning Trekker trips for the 2019-2020 school year. If you’d like to learn more about opportunities to get involved with UrbanTrekkers, connect with them directly here:

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