We work to strengthen our community by working to improve the lives of Kelowna's most at risk and in need youth through exposure to new outdoor experiences and activities while integrating life lessons along the way.
We wanted to say a big Thank You to the team at Do Some Good. The new remote/digital volunteer options that you have created has been a great help. We posted that we were looking for a social media volunteer and have been able to secure a great volunteer based in the Prairies. Since then we have continued to receive interest from others located across the country as well. Nice work on adapting to the needs of today's non profits, and congrats on expanding your reach into other regions! For any other organizations looking for support in roles like this, try it out as it allows you to access people from all across the country, not just here in the Okanagan.
Less video games, more meaningful conversations changes lives of at risk youth
Supporting the needs of the next generation of Kelowna’s vulnerable and at risk youth is a challenge that volunteers at Elevation Outdoors commit to daily. Elevation Outdoors gives approximately 75 vulnerable youth each year, the chance at a brighter future. Youth ages 12-18 years participate in a various challenging outdoor programs such as sailing, mountain biking, snowboarding and rock climbing. These programs are designed to mentor vulnerable youth through sport skills, life concepts, steer them out of harms way and into good health by helping them gain more self-confidence, learn about job and career opportunities in sports and develop lasting friendships.
Less video games and more self-confidence is the story of young man who completed all four programs. This young man was addicted to video games, not physically active and had low self-esteem. After completing the programs he is much healthier, he has lost weight and purchased his own bike. He is volunteering as a bike mechanic and his self-esteem is through the roof. He loved the program so much he’s returned to the mountain bike program a second time around to further develop his skills and pursue his new passion.
Elevation Outdoors has had many siblings enroll in their programs. “To see the bond between two brothers grow is beautiful”, says Mike Greer, Executive Director at Elevation Outdoors. A family of four siblings in foster care went through the program. Two of the brother’s from the family enrolled in the bike program with each other; the eldest brother told Elevation Outdoors that due to the program his relationship with his brother improved. The brothers now share a passion, have more to talk about and have become closer. A bond that can only grow stronger.
A big shout out to Gennext Kelowna who brought together a great group of people last night at their TimeDrive event! Awesome to chat with so many organizations that are out making a difference in our community every single day.
A huge thank you goes out to the Central Okanagan Foundation, the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary, On The Lawn and Dorothy and Katrina Mills for their contributions towards the purchase of a new mini bus. With this purchase Elevation Outdoors will be able to continue to grow and provide reliable transportation to our participants for all of our programs for years to come! We cannot thank all of you enough for the impact you have had on our organization!
Elevation Outdoors is looking to purchase a new van. We currently have raised over 50% of the funds we anticipate needing to make the purchase. Since we only use our van 2-3 times per week we are looking to see if there are any other organizations out there that may be interested in sharing a van with us, and contributing to the purchase. If you would like to chat about this idea, or have some suggestions on where we can find the remainder of our finding needed please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org