As director of experiential learning at UrbanPromise, Jim Cummings leads all activities of our UrbanTrekkers program, which engages middle and high school youth in hands-on, outdoor learning experiences. In 2006, at the age of 53, Jim sold his small business and began working at UrbanPromise full time. Each year since, UrbanTrekkers has expanded to offer additional experiential opportunities, including hiking, kayaking, camping, and UrbanPromise's Urban BoatWorks program, which educates Camden youth in the craft of wooden boat-building. Jim believes the best way for young people to discover purpose and meaning is through education and strives to motivate his "Trekkers" to engage deeper in learning in all aspects of their lives.
He graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics before serving as a captain in the U.S. Army for several years. Jim seeks to use his own experience to inspire his Trekkers to develop self-confidence and motivation and achieve success in all they do.