Take a Hike Foundation
Take a Hike is a full-time alternative education program that partners with school districts to engage at-risk youth through a unique combination of adventure-based learning, academics, therapy, and community involvement.
Not every student thrives within the mainstream school system. The youth (ages 15 – 18) enrolled in the Take a Hike Program struggle with a combination of personal issues such as drug and alcohol addiction, physical and mental abuse, low self-esteem, depression, poverty and/or trauma, which inhibits their academic success. Take a Hike provides these youth with a stable and supportive environment to work through their issues, build confidence, improve their academic abilities and eventually graduate from high school, pursue higher education and become gainfully employed.
Since the year 2000, over 400 students have gone through the program with great success. They improve their self-esteem, connection to the school, communication skills, management of stress, and social skills. Take a Hike's completion rate every year is over 80%. Many of the students are now working and giving back to communities rather than being reliant on the communities for housing, food and financial support.
The success of the program is best expressed by the students themselves:
“Without this school, I would literally be sitting on the curb doing nothing but asking for change. I'm proud to say I'm a graduate of Take a Hike.”
“To me, this school is real education; it builds leaders.”
“I have a bright future ahead of me and I realize that now.”
Funds raised by the Modo Spring Run-Off will be used to support the Take a Hike Program. At-risk youth are the primary beneficiaries of the program but entire communities also benefit from having engaged and contributing community members. Help at-risk youth change their lives and realize their dreams! Please support Take a Hike.
Check out Take a Hike:
- The Daredevil Gene on CBC News: The National
- Take a Hike Foundation
- Bowron Lakes Expedition (an example of what an expedition looks like)
How you can help support Take a Hike
Start your own fundraising campaign and raise pledges in support of the Take a Hike Foundation.
Fundraising links coming later.
All donations over $10 are receipted and tax deductible.