GCY Guides on Boat Smiling

Paying It Forward

Paying It Forward: The Alumni Scholarship Fund By Kate Aitchison Kate Aitchison is an artist whose work focuses on human interventions in the natural landscape and a river guide for Grand Canyon Youth and Canyon Expeditions/Explorations.She is a GCY alumni and a lover of beauty and wild places. She is one of the founders of…

The JEDI Council

The JEDI Council: J(ustice) E(quity) D(iversity) I(nclusion) By Omar Martinez Omar Martinez was born in Nicaragua at the tail end of a revolution. His family immigrated to the U.S. when he was four years old. After pursuing a brief stint in aspiration of professional soccer glory, he quickly realized his talents were better suited to…

Grand Canyon Youth Guide Smiling

Being More IN it

Being More IN it: Lessons on Embracing Discomfort From a 17-Year-Old By Somer Morris I never get tired of telling this story.  It was the moment I realized the power of Grand Canyon Youth. On this particular morning, on the Esplanade Ledges  at Sheer Wall camp in Grand Canyon, my eyes opened to the important…

Grand Canyon Youth guides drinking coffee from a large pot

Cowboy Coffee and Campfire

Cowboy Coffee and Campfire By Madeline Friend Photo by Maddie Friend. My clothes smell of cowboy coffee and campfire on another river morning when everything is the same and more different than it has ever been.    _____   I step onto my boat the one caked in sand and grins held together by technicolor…

Thank you, Alison!

Thank You, Alison!For the past five years, Alison Holland has shared her passion for the transformative power of the river through her position as Operations Director, working with guides and preparing gear for expeditions. We will miss her and wish her well in her new endeavor. We hope she’ll be back to row kids down…