Watch News CoverageIn Search of the Cooper: Two UrbanPromise students joined an award winning National Geographic photographer and one of the premier environmentalist in the country
“We made it! We discovered the source of the Cooper,” revealed the text message from 17-year old, Jermaine. “We’re in Gibbsboro, NJ somewhere.”
Imagine being 17 years old and leading an expedition to discover the source of a river! Imagine being invited to join an award winning National Geographic photographer and one of the premier environmentalist in the country in this quest!
That was the experience for two UrbanPromise students last week—Jermaine and Jaycel. Both seniors at the UrbanPromise Academy. Both part of the Trekker, BoatWorks and RiverGuides programs. Both recognized for the skills and character needed for such a journey. Both work to bring awareness to often overlooked urban waterways. Both now part of a national story captured in a future National Geographic documentary.
“It’s a real honor for our two students to lead this expedition,” shared our Director of Experiential Learning, Jim Cummings. “Jermaine and Jaycel were selected because of their experience as Trekkers and our partnership with other non-profit groups passionate about the Delaware watershed. These partnerships are years in the making.”
So, last week Jermaine and Jaycel paddled kayaks, bush wacked, hiked, fought off mosquitos, and camped overnight on their 16-mile journey from the mouth of the Cooper River to the source.
“It’s an experience I’ll never forget,” chimed Jaycel with more than a hint of pride. “Not many people get to do something so unique in their lives.”
I hope you’ll take the time to read some of the articles written about the expedition and continue to be inspired by how the UrbanPromise community is making an impact.