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Since its founding in 2014, Ascend’s mission has been to empower girls through mountaineering-based leadership training and community service.

Ascend runs a holistic leadership development program based on sport and civic engagement. Participants gain knowledge and skills that will serve them throughout their lives. We focus on serving in places where women and girls have limited or no access to such opportunities. Each year, we enroll a new team of girls aged 15-24 to embark on our challenging program to become the next generation of leaders.


Ascend participants train multiple days a week. We develop strong bodies and strong minds through experiential learning in physical fitness, community volunteering, mental health awareness, rock climbing, trekking and camping, and team-building activities. Second-year team members mentor the first-year team and alumnae stay connected with the program through the Ascend Alumnae Association, creating an Ascend network of accomplished and supportive women around the world.


Ascend focuses on building and strengthening the whole girl through Ascend’s 5 program pillars.

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