Sierra Nevada Journeys is pleased to announce that they were able to send 46 low-income youth to SNJ Summer Camp at Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola, CA.
Youth from local organizations Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada and Reno Housing
Authority were given full scholarships to attend camp. Additionally, youth who qualify for Free
and Reduced Lunch were given partial scholarships to cover half the costs of camp.
Sierra Nevada Journeys received funding for this effort from the Helen Close Foundation,
individual donors during Nevada’s Big Give and throughout the year, as well as from a matching grant from Sierra Nevada Journeys’ Board of Trustees.
“This year was a mixture of new and returning youth to camp at Grizzly Creek Ranch,” said Oscar Aguilar, the youth coordinator at Reno Housing Authority. “The van ride back to Reno is always the best, because this is the moment when you find out how much fun they had. They enjoyed the camp fire skits they came up with and positive energy and motivation they received from the staff at camp.”
“We are so grateful to the generous donors who made it possible for these children to
experience the camaraderie and outdoor fun of camp, which for many of the youth is a life-changing experience,” said Karen Senger, development director at Sierra Nevada Journeys.
Summer camp is one of the many programs that Sierra Nevada Journeys offers local youth. They also have hands-on, science-based programs that occur within elementary schools in Northern Nevada and Northern California. Programs include Classrooms Unleashed, Overnight Outdoor Learning and Family Science Nights.
When individuals donate to Sierra Nevada Journeys, they will be providing programming
scholarships for our community’s low-income youth.