This year our partnered project is to enhance youth leadership opportunities through a high and low ropes course accesible for children with assisted walking devices and wheelchairs! This will be the first ADA Ropes course in the Des Moines metro, but also the entire midwest. The integration of a high ropes course will push participants outside of their comfort zone, allowing them to explore their full potential.
A high and low ropes course is a physical structure that allows participants, regardless of abilities, to safely complete physical personal and team-building challenges off the ground, often times 30-50 feet in the air. Courses are often used to challenge youth to work together while emphasizing teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. High ropes courses often appeal to high-risk youth who are more likely to display risk-taking behavior, and allows them to explore their own vulnerabilities in a controlled, risk-free yet thrill-seeking type scenario.
Community Youth Concepts (CYC) is leading the project. They provide youth development programming to middle and high school youth across the metro.
Once the course is established, CYC anticipates engaging approximately 3,000 participants annually on the course and employing area youth to help staff the high and low ropes course. Youth, ages sixteen and older, who have demonstrated leadership can become trained facilitators to work with younger peers. These opportunities will provide a natural progression from participant to future employer, allowing youth to learn valuable workforce skills in an environment that promotes teamwork and communication.
Learn more about Community Youth Concepts.