Moving Mountains

 
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Mission

SheLift is a 501(c)3 organization that empowers girls to improve self-acceptance and confidence through outdoor adventures and body-positive mentorship. SheLift provides the resources and experiences to help young women work towards living empowered, authentic lives. SheLift aims to normalize differences while challenging girls’ physical and emotional abilities.

 
 
 
 

Our Story

SheLift was founded by Sarah Herron, the Colorado native who gained her notoriety on ABC’s The Bachelor for being the first contestant with a physical disability. Sarah was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, but it hasn’t stopped her from climbing mountains, skiing double black diamonds and even searching for love on television. It was the outreach of young women who watched and related to Sarah on the show that inspired her to start SheLift.

SheLift aims to share Sarah's love for outdoor adventures – specifically in the mountains – and the transformative powers of adventure. Sarah wants to share with other women that whether it's on the slopes, on a trail or on a show... finding love is possible, and it starts with yourself.

 
 
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Photo Credit: Brandon Kidd

Photo Credit: Brandon Kidd

“Sport, specifically skiing has been a profoundly transformative sport for me which is why I wanted to share it with SheLift girls. Growing up, I never took an interest to sports or outdoor activity because my confidence was so low that I always assumed I would look foolish attempting activities designed for “able-bodied” people. I was so concerned with perceptions and my image, that I missed out on experiences that had the ability to change my life completely. I was 25 years old when I decided to face my fears and attempt skiing for the first time – despite how ridiculous I thought I was going to look. I was instantly hooked by the adrenaline of realizing I was actually GOOD at something. As I began to progress, I started to care less and less about what others thought of me on the mountain and began to push myself more. I soon realized that with each new run I came down faster and better, my confidence skyrocketed. This confidence translated into a new-found self-acceptance that didn’t come from anyone else’s approval or acceptance of me, it was 100% self-made. That’s when I knew I had to share this magic with others. I wanted to create a program that challenged girls to take risks in order to overcome something that’s held them back in life, and I wanted the risks to be designed around outdoor adventure sports.”

 
 

How we work

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Provide a safe, supportive environment for girls to connect with peers facing similar life obstacles. 

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Motivate one another to try things that take us out of our comfort zones in an effort to grow and overcome personal insecurities. 

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Bridge the gap between girls and influential mentors who have the ability to change lives.

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Create a more accepting society that inspires young women to live authentically and be proud of their bodies. 

 
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"This organization has made me feel confident and encouraged in following my dreams and not letting limb loss stand in the way of achieving whatever it is that I want- whether it is to ski again or to lead full and positive life with lots of adventure!" – Clare Scheller

 
 
 
 

Our Impact

Our goal is to change the way girls see themselves; by inspiring self-acceptance and authentic living. Hear from some of the girls we've been working with this year.

 
 
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Our mentors

Mentors are paramount to the impact SheLift creates. Our SheLift mentors possess the common belief that we aren't defined by our bodies and share an undeniable love for the great outdoors. Our goal is to connect girls with influential experts and socially responsible role models. Get to know our mentors below.

 
 
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Sarah Herron
Denver + LOs Angeles

Sarah, a Colorado native, recently returned to Denver after taking a 10 year tour through southern California. Sarah loves to hike, camp, ski, spin, and learn new activities. When she isn't on an adventure, she can be found practicing up on self-care with yoga, mani-pedis and pampering to the max. Her professional background is in design and advertising, where she worked as an art director for 8 years at 72andSunny. 

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Jen Hudak
Park City, UT

Jen is a two-time world champion and 5-time X-Games medalist in halfpipe skiing. Though now retired from competition, She is inspired to help others reach their goals on the hill. To Jen, it is not about producing the next Olympian, but guiding people toward their personal limits and then helping transcend them, by teaching people to respect their bodies for what they are capable of doing, not simply how they look. 

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Trista Sutter
Vail, CO

Known from the popular ABC shows The BachelorThe Bachelorette, andDancing with the Stars, Trista captivated viewers with her girl-next-door charm.  Since then, Trista has added author (“Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart), designer (Glory Haus’ Grateful Heart Collection) and TedxVail speaker (The Value of YOU) to her titles, although she is most proud of “Mom” to son, Max and daughter, Blakesley as well as Vail Valley resident and happy wife to Ryan.