Expedition To Benefit Children of The Fallen

With support from generous donors, this program invites children of fallen service members and first responders to carry on the legacy of their loved ones as they experience the transformational power of rafting down the San Juan River. This challenging and empowering expedition will provide opportunities to unite adversities and embrace vulnerability to live a No Barriers Life.

Throughout this 9-day journey, participants experience the beauty and power of the San Juan River; learn to serve others in the Navajo Nation; and challenge each other to embrace their adversity as they reach forward to live a No Barriers Life.


I will never forget the experiences I participated in, and the people I met. It’s an amazing thing to be surrounded by people who I don’t have to explain myself to.
– Amelia, No Barriers Youth Alum

It’s always nice to be part of something where everyone has a very similar story. They understand why I am the way I am and the same goes for me. This is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
– Abby, No Barriers Youth Alum


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Application and Details

Dates and Application Deadline: Priority will be given to applications received early

Eligibility: This program is designed for adventuresome high school students, ages 14-18. Ideal participants demonstrate leadership skills and potential, academic merit, an interest in pursuing education outside of the classroom, and an interest in the natural world. This program is open to youth who have lost a parent or loved one who served in the military or as a first responder (i.e. law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMS providers)

Group Make-Up: This program will be comprised of 15-20 students from around the country who apply and are selected to participate. In addition, the group will include a team of guides, facilitators, and mentors from NBY and partnering organizations.

Scholarship Requirements: In exchange for the generous scholarship support, selected participants will be expected to complete the requirements listed below before, during, and after the expedition.

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Curriculum & Requirements

Phase 1: Thoughtful Preparation

Phase 2: Expedition

Phase 3: Meaningful Returns

Questions? Please email Rachel Strommen at rachel.strommen@nobarriersusa.org or call her at (970) 484-3633 ext. 314 with any additional questions.

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