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A river trip can be a truly transformational experience — especially for youth.

Grand Canyon Youth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Flagstaff, Arizona. Our program is about sharing the beauty, adventure, and learning that only a river trip can provide. It’s designed to have a positive impact on youth — an impact that reaches far beyond the time they spend on the river. Each participant earns his or her trip through the process of setting, working toward, and reaching goals. Time on the river is time away from television, phones, and computers. It’s an opportunity for participants to connect with themselves, each other, and the natural world in a real way.

What sets Grand Canyon Youth apart?

We offer unique programs. We offer the only youth programs with access to the Colorado River through Grand Canyon. Participants travel on the river not as tourists but as stewards while they participate in service projects related to the study of the river ecosystem.

Our educational philosophy empowers youth. We believe that young people get more out of their river experience if they have ownership in the process. So, before participants dip a toe into the river, they earn their trip through community service, prepare an educational project of their choosing, and by paying for part of the trip themselves.

We make it affordable. As a nonprofit, we strive to keep the overall price of our programs affordable. We also provide financial aid to those who qualify. The price of each trip includes detailed pre-trip support, professional guides, transportation from Flagstaff, food, river equipment, and sleeping supplies. Our trips prices are significantly less than commercial prices.

We bring youth together from diverse backgrounds. We serve young people from a wide variety of backgrounds, often on the same trip. Our smaller group sizes give participants the opportunity to meet someone from a different background. Because of our proximity to the Navajo and Hopi Nations, we also have a commitment to serve Native American youth and collaborate with tribal agencies.

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