Justin Forrest Parks

Justin focuses on diversity and inclusion in climbing by introducing communities from the South and West Sides of Chicago to rock climbing.

“I am a young man who was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. As a young African American male and a lover of rock climbing and the outdoors, I have experienced in the lack of diversity in many action sports and outdoor environments. So I’ve made the decision to dedicate my time towards making outdoor environments more accessible for the communities that have raised me. I’ve had the privilege to travel to many wonderful places in my short time on this earth but many of the kids that I grew up with have never had the opportunity to go where I’ve been. So I’ve made it my mission to take people out to places they have never dreamed of, to inspire kids who look like me to show them that they can climb mountains (figuratively and literally) and to show them they can do anything they put their mind to.”

Justin is a member of the 2017 Emerging Leaders Program.

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