You've heard of camping programs for at-risk teens. But Big City Mountaineers (bigcitymountaineers.org) goes one better than the typical weekend trip, pairing urban kids with adult mentors (five of each) and sending them off on eight-day backcountry stints. East Bay resident Godley, 38, volunteered as a trip leader himself before joining the nonprofit in 2003. Since then, he's increased the number of participants served by the program by 30 percent each year, transforming hundreds of kids' lives. "I've had mothers come up to me," he says. "They say they can't put their finger on what's different, but they tell me something about their child has changed."
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