Symphony Marketing is sponsoring No Barriers USA in 2014, helping a one-of-a-kind team of high school students who are deaf, hard of hearing and hearing-abled discover what it means to live a No Barriers Life.
Co-founded by world-renowned blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer, No Barriers is a nonprofit organization that uses journey-based experiences to connect people of all backgrounds with their personal quest to become, grow and contribute their absolute best to the world. From wounded veterans heading to the South Pole with Prince Harry to urban high school students
visiting their first National Park, No Barriers uses outdoor learning experiences to shift the lens through which people see and navigate life forever. The goal: empower people to reframe their approach to adversity so they can optimize their purpose and potential.
“I hope to be able to spread the word about believing in yourself and having high expectations of what a deaf (or person with a “difference”) is capable of,” says Sophie about her participation in her upcoming No Barriers Experience. Sophie is a seventeen-year-old high school student from Massachusetts. Captain of her cheerleading team, she devotes much of her free time to helping other students, especially those involved in Special Olympics. Sophie is profoundly deaf and received her first cochlear implants at a young age. She sees her No Barriers experience as an opportunity to get outside of her comfort zone and push herself to be the best she can be.
As Sophie and her team raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, hike through awe-inspiring side canyons, and sleep under the desert sky on sandy beaches, they’ll connect with their best ability to live purposefully despite the barriers in their way. Learn more about the program, part of No Barriers youth initiatives offered via its Global Explorers programming. Good luck to Sophie and her amazing team!