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Jun 1, 2016|

AN INTERVIEW WITH MITSU IWASAKI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR NW OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL AND MIRANDA HANSEN, EVENT COORDINATOR FOR CITY SKYLINE CHALLENGE, ABOUT THE WORK THEY DO GETTING PEOPLE TO EXPERIENCE THE OUTDOORS AND THEIR FUNDRAISING EVENT, REPELLING OFF OF THE 1000 BROADWAY BUILDING.

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This is microscope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Geary Claxton and all of the weather's nice maybe you wanna get out into the great outdoors in well with over fifty years of innovation and experiential and outdoor education in the Pacific northwest northwest outward bound school continues to change lives. Through challenge and discovery. And this time on the so I'd like to welcome Mitsui was hockey executive director of northwest outward bound school and also Moran Hanson event coordinator with the city's skyline challenge. Which we'll talk about a bit this 1 central frightening for me but it's from the we'll talk about. The Mitchell let's first get started with few NTELOS. What is the northwest outward bound school so great up and I felt about school we've been in operation to include 65. We're part of a network of twelve schools across the USA. And then 32 countries across wrote the mission after a cluster of congress to change lives through challenged discovery. And and sort something we help people discover their interest through challenging experiences. Are found different content. Said that what we are all more people than we know the fear we could see it we would be unwilling to offer any path. I think you know what we do is tell people this course possible repeat themselves no patients but so. All of the term bank out of bounds call that describes the moment should I should cast offs I'm so fell away from the safety harbor any picture. Into the great unknown. Because they're ready we'll chat says that ships are safe harbor but that's no chips or so far. My belief is as you know my there are we as human beings and that we need these experiences pieces interest. 22 look like fully. All with all that that. What's important to me isn't helpers are adventure for some think it is about what we've learn out there are asking is human beings. I'm thinking we become more resilient. I'll be become more effective problem solvers we've learned that individual group schools won't lead groups could learn to communicate better sometimes stressful situation. On. Maybe you know we even learned to different sheik needs through won't sell certain wilderness palm. It we will learn to Chris you're through challenge of her chip and these are what helped about. Peaches coupons and these are skills that are transferable to homes. So it's a pretty do you outward bound school zones really been passing is a set up. Mostly for. Students are adults surfer everybody while we put put students each ages from thirteen to adults eighteen fed murals on courses. Meaning personally I possibly hurled one up climbing course and should treat many many years ago so. On thirteen tier as all this as as as you are now on. On a woman's courses and in part when we work with column school students middle school and school. I'm from Reynolds who went public schools that's OK so how do you become eligible to me to join a government school. As a student armed you go to a reps say. And or just call us and say I wanna and one of course and we will things you or show you a set of courses that we have on. Both and resemble Washington Redmond Oregon. Army choose what you want to do and you can onto a course that anywhere between seventy to 8180. Days eighty days or 39 days which is just round. While what do you do for eighty days it's do you through these through these people of the wilderness they've. Populate get what we can't we call tumbled over the course so we start column and a this particularly BP course and thinking about is this college students on and we start in charge trio in California and operation with about California. On track in the desert for about two weeks in Iraq playing for about two weeks and then we come up view of central or or. Central cascades to Redmond based cap. And we think we've. If there I think we Bachmann again I'll be left bomb on the issue of server. And then we don't know infections. From the middle Eastern Europe and well that's an adventure it up at five if it's an incredible future. So are there certain eligibility requirements that people must meet height you want to have to. In a column and you need to keep relatively healthy I'll let you know I think everyone. Of course I'll get this guy here. Well we think people learned from doing doomed to a course and classes if you. Think our own you know what's important as whether teller counter and other program like cars bottom. Think it's about bolting character. As much as our town and we just a box mr. courses and arm as much as we're known for wellness programs. We are. We were a brick and mortar school in action on Krypton and our first school if their counter. Have a report card home that had academic side math and sciences as well as as it normally but also a characteristic is for our card. On a few things that that are left an impression on me and puzzles and this report card ozone it would be. Created all your senses justice. Your ability to follow through on what you believe to be great all your imagination. Your Billy could deal with an expected. Consciousness. And everything in life and tasks well and fighting spirit. So you know how her down as as a pal back at this as well the thing character and me. If I might just caught between that are citizens of the I'd like a greeting system I feel fit but that's the that's free also. So did their several base camps located throughout the Pacific northwest right yes he tells about the things guess we have to base camps well in this case scams one in Redmond Oregon and move on in the demo Washington. From this basis. We. Backpack and mountaineers in the north cascades infantry cascade. We see cart can feel it on an island. Eagle rock climbing with rock bottom after it was issued to and a river. And so those two bases. Our our what supports our fuel staffer instructors. Has launched those issues. Okay. And apartment we also have important center. We operate programs at school kids and tingling programs with businesses and other organizations through Portland on. And what we do is we bring elements will of course into the classroom after the after school we can program. In an alternate classrooms and how closely this team made it about building internalize that and polling Booth and experiences that stretch. I'm experiences at home course in its reach their potential UP. It was started out urban program. The problem program particular because we recognize that learning from an opera of course should be available. And we also recognize that column. You know spending days and weeks and months and will not. Real killers and there was doubled so that we can bring. About courses in went off. So no it says schools getting out and summertime is here. Are there more courses in the summertime or dude does the outward bound school of course is throughout the year I think in both exactly the home. So opposed center operates during the school year so not September through. Really hear me. I'm in admin base camp and the Mozambique and they operate mostly through majors amber I'm so as school is is getting help. On behalf of students from across the country coming into this case happening acting on him. Can we are very very that he made. And since we have more time in the summer obviously just like in regular school I think so and you know our our preferences that's to stay in school on. And then they come with us but it's okay. Just some good stories you can share of ups and lies you've changed from the students lines and me and people in general. Oh and it think about that. Which on the spot media stories. Stories on me think about stories. Boy you think about stories we can talk about you know it's this child let me first ask you how is this funded. How is color down school funded all right and how can people help well. So. There there's there's multiple channels of funding that we are looking for. A wilderness programs for the most part students are paying up to action to be courses. You also recognize that many students on me scholarships are more financially. I'm an evolving pink goes out and fundraisers from individuals and foundations. And though that not enough on. Donations so that we can provide scholarships for anyone who wants. Our Portland center program or Portland schools program. That looks a little bit different we are fully funding that so for the most part schools. Don't have access on funding to fund. Programs like upper bound so arguable that you can. I'm fine funding to pay for those programs. But that fed column this year or at the fiscal challenge which is a fund raiser caught off of 1000 Bradley. I think most of that money goes into funding our centers permit can. Let's bring in marais and handsome one more time you're the event coordinator with the city skyline challenged. Yes missiles and fund raiser for outward bound school or. Yes so this year it's the first annual city scout and challenge of coming up on June 18. And it's a crazy unique event that challenges for islanders to take an urban repelled when he first stories. I'm off the 1000 Bradley building and in downtown Portland right across from the snacks. So propellers to raise these plans to expand the program mean. Two provides more students in the northwest with life changing hour about experience that's. So these outward bound students during the repelling or continue to be due repelling it's open anyway I'm no expert maritime experience is required it. Does take courage new experience for quite yeah actually I'm tired all right there is. Weight limitations you have to be at least 100 pounds between 10300 pounds. But there's no age limit them. Although we do need a waiver from. Can and a gain of course. How did you get the year. Approval to do this I'm curious about that in the tougher questions. How did you get the opportunity to repel off. 1000 brotherhood. The so for all who. For four hour on this is not far. Thanks for us unfair telling us something we do on courses up normally mum bringing it into the urban setting into the city looks a little bit different so. We are partnering with our organization called over the hedge hum and they do this across country on both in the United States and across Canada. Com and their experts everything repels and do enough fund raiser I'm awful buildings. You can move and opportunity became a fire. Last year I think two to get a license with whom they wish to do this and there's that a few other Afrikaans schools that are. I'm doing all right this repel fund raisers ball however California an hour I'll need to know that got. So are who we thought this there's a creek just mission to connect on this idea that. Can someone. Signs up. To go repelling off that edge of a building and I think of that moment standing on the edge of the building without with a broken hand looking down. And that taken that that. That stuff over bench is very similar to launching into an upper comics expedition. Extending that telepathic and you're just about to launch until a 22 V expedition to mountain so there is that. Feeling of just excitement unmanned energy and a little bit of unknown and maybe some here on all of this and that. Moment is what we're looking for and so. Both as a fund raiser and a machine connect it just it just made sense for us in. Yeah that does totally yes it sounds way too intimidating for me however. How many people be a sign of the. I am we have a fair amount of Mary have CEOs and business clear that's leaders signed up as well as the media. And one gentleman's acts are piling for his eightieth birthday well. Yeah it makes me personally to chicken for sure Lou yeah I don't play it a test of courage felt like mentally with famed. It's very similar to ours found experience. Dan's you know testing boundaries gaining confidence and leadership skills it's all part of the package. So we're listeners wanna do this help out how how committed. Yes so individuals must raise a minimum of 1000 dollars all of which goes to that northwest are bound courses. I'm scholarships and these programs in parlance that Nancy was talking about. And and for every friend your crew we are offering a hundred dollars off your pal price. And if listeners sign up by June 10. And they'll be entrant in a raffle to win some backpacking gear outdoor care or rafting trip to smile. And we know at thousand dollars can sound pretty intimidating to raise the funds on. But you know it's such a fan events and it's going towards the good times and we can definitely help you get there. And when people here you are piling up the building and they'll get pretty excited about it and wanna help out. So individuals can send an email to loved ones or post on social media a lot of people have raised funds by doing that. And it's we have many resources. Northwest are bound to help you once you sign up for indefinitely. Helped out with the fundraising pressure if if someone wants to repel. Will help them get back. Also the what was a billion for the repel June 18 to the eighteenth and then Saturday and obviously we can come watcher and definitely. This could mean people much. But they blocking off Broadway at all to do this sir you know there's gonna be traffic so moving their that we have a little bit of blockage there still will be on the sidewalk. And people can come down and watch and she really ain't. I am and we'll have more information about the northwest are bound courses are Islam that's that's a perfect opportunity to come and learn about who exactly. If our listeners are unfamiliar with what 1000 broadly as it's the big copper building right on. Broadway and looks. Cross street it's main southwest mainly. Read by dozens across the street Louis and ran across the street content some good at least called the general and doing everything ready Dolan talked. Thank you moved up enough that they'll know. Yeah and Brenda are you doing it. I'm Sarah but I am not only interest that if there's a thought out then but that's about getter there pallor fundraisers first Sam Missouri doing it. I am feeling. Com and I am very cricket if you're home at all. The 1000. Probably building the vandal the other side of the view that and that. It's really cool is that fish that's partly thanks is right behind you so we'll go from above gets you the repel plus the Portland and while that's a perfect photo that claims it's pre cut you off that's. Yeah. It no but the thing about the 1000 dollar fundraising challenge if it sounds stopping and I have. Greece funds to do other activities like this before. I'm in the way that I think about it rather than give house notice on this that I know each Leno ten people like give me dollars or maybe twenty people that if fifty cent. Thinking about it and those chunks becomes I think a little bit less pumping them in. Yep so. Sign up enough and. And the web Sagan the where people concerned yes Debbie WW dot skyline challenge PD acts dot board. And they can cost directly have fanned a 39463404. To me too with this with this amount of money that from the repellent we gonna do with that what is outward bound school do with money so what we'll take quote we raise all from this event and put it into two tracks one listed fund scholarships for wilderness programs and other Pakistan off on the Portland center programs. For each trip color about a thousand elements humble of this part of 25 students are a class of 25 on on apartments and our program that's great now. Pretty significant fund raiser it's it's very significant precedent even more significant for teachers and students who would. Get the benefit of each of the propellers. So we've been talking about repelling off a building boom and obviously there's some safety concerns. Parents might never people that didn't wanna be an outward bound school pray tell us about your safety precautions obviously you're. Pretty safe organizations and we have. We I I believe we are facing from fiction I think aren't what's fantastic so we're pulling. Is that there's more perceived risk that actual risk. Each of them were colors are now on off on of I'm a rule backed up my second row and all the raking he has done a crucial Rackers on and so. There has not been as I understand. But over the edge. We'll influence and maybe one incident what was that it was like a piece flu or something only thing that. How dependent on their values voters and it yeah well let's that's a pretty good record they have pretty good for us but let. We talked about some of these programs that you have that are offered whom and what can people expect to or what if if they wanna be enticed. But something book what we will entice them. Plus a quick question tone if the north cascades in the central cash keys in the someone who's our. Then pacing who think he's a complete yeah it is it is it is the wilderness that is fantastic. Being in the mountains Irsay when he two days. Chaining yourself all the distractions of the modern world you know about sparkle little cellphones and computers in the text messages. And being thin. Guess the wolf almost no harm in being really raw and Pete and being really real. This is just incredible experience that I think we should all have. Yeah yeah. Coming adventures have you been on how by pursuing it knowing it. I don't know the number of the pitchers guys around. My dash cash and left and about fifteen rupees under the stars who actually came back well and climbed mountain solar. All over North America and maybe a little bit around the world as well clintons keep them and apparently I'm not here yeah. That's so awesome feeling very grateful for the play yeah. For sure. To miss it puts on the spot a little bit ago or hoping you can tells a story a success story of one of the students we had time to think about the success story I have all root. Just an impediment a couple of years ago earning this clunky. She was seeing students have Reynolds high school. And got introduced into our town through our home centers program for schools program. Home from there she ought to receive a scholarship and went on to 22 the wilderness expedition. Included feeling in the other game north cascades. Until things just continued I university. Medical school. I'm graduated and she attributes her resiliency her ability to get to believe in herself. Com. And confidence to go to go to medical school onto the seller come closest thing chewing on them. I think of her as one of our faith fast food filler you know she is her own great Fashion Week helped turn out hoopla that can keep them for her now that's really great. Summer and I'm thinking there might be some people out there that are like me that are just I've I've not gonna jump off the into the building. But I would love to be able to support outward bound how can they do that matter is there a way for me to help out. Yeah has so aside from coming down on the day out on June 18 them to Chara and other colors and learn more about the organization. We are having a base camp party Friday night. June 17. From 6 PM to 8 PM at the Columbia Sportswear flagship store which is just one block from the actual repulsed play. And we have a special guest joining us I'm Brendan Leonard friends and I rad dot com. And he'll be signing his new book and speaking about his experiences in the outdoors. The program starts at seven he starts lame ducks at fixed. Brendan. It's eight blogger writer in our industry up or space he's also sponsored athlete. Both as an athlete and has has some blogs and his rating by multiple companies across about your industry. Obviously new book sixty meters could anyway. Armed which he you know describes his wife on his discovering himself. All through the outdoors through these activities mostly climbing on and most recently pulled her money. I'm so he changed if it talks about you know. Heidi is probably gave vaccine as he was not successful at life if Torre outdoors. His brother so tomorrow and root for Christmas gift. And then through that I'm hero Pete this country or is that then change that by this country. That that. I don't sound very out of value that this known that that he's more capable than that and keep us putting himself toward. So if it's it's it's a fantastic book anything that ethics are now. At the base camp party will also be giving away a couple reptiles spots and in a raffle as well as some outdoor gear and that evening as well. So few come on Danny can enter to win a raffle to repel unfettered well. But be immediately drew cookbook when the chancellor before yet they climbed the building the next day for going down the building an expectancy. Tell me the Q can you give me the details about the repel a little more time so it's June 18. I'm repelled happened between nine and 5 PM. And seeking come down and check it out on the side black. And if you wanna sign up right away go to www. Skyline challenge PDX dot org. Also can be fun to listen unlocks a blast that generates. So really man in admitting and on the margarine can come out satirical. To miss every won't actually everybody to rebel and everybody come watching Mulder Toby hang up built exactly. Giving this is gonna happen again. That that is our plan is to do this on both and cattle and in Portland on annually. Very cool yes absolutely happening again and if you don't rip all the shared hmmm. Maybe we'll feel on the line next year ya out. Consul Leo want to lifetime thing to be able to repel off 1000 Broadway content so important that. But it is there's a lot of this close saying that they're using and that their bucket list check enough then. And they're celebrating. 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And to give us of the what's so important so people can looking is up. They re here because we and to be OPF. Oh Archie your cool. I'd like to thank you able to do and so too is in super adjusting gray didn't and good luck with the event thank you can have one. It's much. Microscope is an Entercom radio Portland public affairs program under blocks and if you have a nonprofit or public affairs organization that you'd like to let others know about. You can email me. My email address is microscope that inter com dot com. Remember Pinter called start to the east and you can always go to this station's website click on the community link and submit your information there. If you'd like to hear this program again you can visit our website at microscope PDX dot com thanks for listening about just go and enjoy the rest of your weekend.