Colorado College Learning Initiative in the Mountains (CCLIM) is a non-profit, student-run, environmental education program structured around an ideal of self and environmental respect, utilizing outdoor experiences to gain an appreciation for the environment and for life. CCLIM strives to build a positive connection between Colorado College and the Colorado Springs communities by providing fun, safe opportunities for youth at no cost to their families.
CCLIM mentors host students from West Middle School the first three Wednesdays of each block from 4-6pm. There are occasional weekend field trips and regular mentor-only meetings throughout the school year.
"Although much of the CC community is passionate about the outdoors, it is easy to forget that many local Colorado Springs students do not have the same opportunities or exposure to nature. CCLIM's activities with at-risk middle schoolers brings students outside to explore and learn outdoor skills. Throughout the year, I am not only able to develop strong relationships with individual students, but can foster a shared appreciation for nature with them as well. "
--Julia Van Raalte '14
"I love CCLIM because it is FUN. For 2 hours a week we get to run around with middle schoolers having a blast doing things like going to the butterfly museum, first aid lessons/ scenarios, and nature walks. The kids are all so cool and it is great to see them be engaged and excited by environmental (among other things) education. There is really never a dull moment at CCLIM and I would recommend it to anyone who likes working with the kids and is passionate about the environment."
--Meredith Bird '16