SacSCIP’S Project Lifelong works with youth to build life skills, leadership, and a greater sense of community –
BY LAND, CONCRETE, SEA and NOW… SNOW!!!!
Without a doubt, the heartbeat of our Project Lifelong Program lies within our passionate and dedicated high school mentors. These male and female leaders have volunteered hundreds of hours as a group to empower youth through skateboarding. As a way of honoring their commitment, Project Lifelong provides multiple trips throughout the school year for team building and outdoor adventures.
This past winter and spring, Project Lifelong took our mentors on three different trips to the snow. Our snowshoeing trip was highlighted with a trek along the Pacific Crest Trail and ended at the top of Echo Summit above South Lake Tahoe. This amazing journey was made possible by Sacramento Inspiring Connections Outdoors – a local program of the Sierra Club.
Our trips to the Sierras concluded with two incredible evenings of snowboarding at Woodward Tahoe at Boreal Ski Resort. Many of the students had
never snowboarded before and some had never seen snow. To quote one of the participants, he had “found his new passion” after just one night of riding. We are incredibly thankful for Woodward Tahoe’s commitment to our inner city youth, without them, our two snowboarding trips would not have been possible! Furthermore, Woodward Tahoe and SkateWild have provided three of our high school volunteers with the opportunity to enjoy a week with their state of the art summer camp in August. See video of our surprise scholarship presentation here.
PROJECT LIFELONG RECEIVES A NATIONAL FOUNDATION GRANT
We are thrilled to announce that Project Lifelong was awarded a $10,000 “Be The Change Grant” from the Sheckler Foundation. This award has been given out to 10 separate groups all over the country who support change in the lives of children and injured action sport athletes. Project Lifelong was the only California-based recipient in this competitive grant. Winning this level of funding created an incredible opportunity to host professional skateboarder Ryan Sheckler, and his team, here in Sacramento with an awesome Lifelong event. You can check out the video of this event here.
Project Lifelong aims to use the Sheckler funding to launch a third skate night location at another school in the North Sacramento area. Currently, the program is targeting Will Rogers and other schools in North Highlands as potential sites for this powerful program.