Project Lifelong Serves as a Powerful Example as the Program Works to Foster Productive Citizens
As the Founder & Director of the Sheriff’s Community Impact Program, I am always in awe of champions like Sean LaTour from Project Lifelong who come along and blow the doors off of activity planning for youth.
Among the many goals I had when I started SCIP over 6 years ago, was to work with Sacramento County youth and provide them with dynamic recreational and educational programming that included outdoor experiences. I am excited to say we have obtained that goal.
While I know Sean has plenty of passion and energy to keep this program going for years to come, my focus now switches to financial sustainability. A summer program that provides life-changing experiences as offered through Project Lifelong can cost as much as $900 per participant.
What makes SCIP unique among similar organizations is our ability to integrate leadership and civic-mindedness into the program structure — Project Lifelong is a prime example. The video depicts a culmination of planning that was driven by program participants. These same students will frequently volunteer their time to mentor other children during Skatemd Healing Hearts through Skateboarding events — giving back to the community is a lifelong value.
I get excited to share photos, videos and stories about SCIP and strive to do so as much as possible through our various web-based mediums. With that said, I also feel compelled to convey a sense of urgency in what we do, too. I want Project Lifelong to continue for years to come but, SCIP needs a coalition of people and businesses to jump on board the mission — we need money so we can continue to plan and implement these powerful pro-social programs.
Our programs teach valuable leadership skills to youth, supports the family structure, and instills civic-mindedness… all qualities that will help keep so many of our most vulnerable youth out of the criminal justice system.
Thank you – Mike Saigeon, SCIP Founder & Director