Just ahead of A.S. Adventure's film, and the ensuing plastic debate at the conference, came an incredibly moving film about a young girl, Carla, shown by the Youth Adventure Trust (YAT). With adventure at the heart of everything they do, the YAT uses the power of the outdoors as a catalyst for vulnerable people like Carla to fulfill their potential.
Mark Davey, chief executive of the YAT, said that the young girl was able to overcome difficulties at home and school through the YAT's programs, gaining the hope, confidence and resilience to change her life. This June, the YAT is organizing the tenth 10 Peaks Challenge in the Brecon Beacons, sponsored by Ellis Brigham, and Davey invited the outdoor industry to engage and make a difference.
The organization's programs consist of free adventure camps and day activities for disadvantaged children between their seventh and ninth school year. They go through different activities including caving, canoeing, climbing archery, sailing and circus skills. The activities are designed to be fun and to help participants to challenge themselves and learn about working with a team. In the past 25 years of its existence, the YAT has helped over 3,800 vulnerable young people.