Questival 2018: Finding Freedom and Power on the Mountain

Growing up, I remember thinking about how free I would feel when I was no longer a foster kid. Looking back, I realize that was naive. There are numerous ways that the trauma continues to impact my life.


Questival 2018: I Refuse to Fail

As I walk up the mountain, I keep beating myself up about the icebreaker. I’m doing something I’ve never imagined I could do — climbing a mountain — and all I can think about is the fact that when it was my turn to say what my goal was as my fellow climbers and I got to know each other last night, I couldn’t answer.


Questival 2017: As the Sun Rises, So Will We

I wanted to give up. The voice in my head was telling me I was weak and would never make it. Then I remembered why I had decided to do this climb and what it represented to me and my fellow foster brothers and sisters.


Freak Snowstorm Slows, Improves Fifth Annual Foster Youth Questival

Antwan is knee deep in a snowdrift 8,000 feet above sea level. It is near 5:00 a.m., and the sun has started its push up over the east side of Mt.


Kevin Clark is Back, Climbing Mt. Shasta to Support Foster Youth

This story was first published in The Huffington Post on April 4.  On Father’s Day weekend, I will once again don my climbing boots, grab the ice axe and head up the snowy flanks of 14,000-foot Mt.


Speaking Up and Speaking Out About My Time in Foster Care

From ages 13 to 18, I hated everything about the child welfare system: my social workers, my foster placements, court dates–you name it, I hated it. I was so frustrated with the idea that the choices my parents made forced me to be “different.”