Darkness to Light applauds Chris for sharing his story through the recent article in the San Diego Union Tribune. You can read the article here.
Christopher Rutgers is the founder and executive director of Outdoor Outreach. As a competitive skier, whitewater river guide, expedition rock climber and avid surfer, Chris has spent most of his life developing a passion for the outdoors. It was this passion that helped Chris overcome his own at-risk childhood. In 1999, he founded Outdoor Outreach as a means to give at-risk and underprivileged youth the same life-changing opportunities. Drawing from his own personal experiences, Chris developed the Outdoor Outreach philosophies that have proven to be so successful working with at-risk and underprivileged youth.
Chris has served as an advisor to the California Governor’s Office, California State Parks and the National Park Service on developing programs for at-risk youth. In addition, Chris has won numerous local and national awards for his programs’ successes. He is a past recipient of San Diego’s KGTV Channel 10 Leadership Award and Newsweek magazine’s “America’s Best.”