You are our BE THE CHANGE round 9
$10,000 grant recipient!
Adventure Club started in January of 2013. Trying to include my son in programs he was interested in, but not accepted in, was heartbreaking. This opened my eyes to the need to create a social network for these special teens. It was easy to find events catered to young children with disabilities but it was becoming apparent that the age gap was growing wider and wider. Seeing teens at any event seem to be nonexistent. I knew that in order to make a true friend my son needed to be surrounded by peers that were his equal, no judgments or obligation. Quickly, I found out that I was not the only one that felt this way. There are so many families that crave a social connection and our goal is to create one in as many communities as possible. We started "The 2nd Friday Club" in February of 2015. This is a monthly themed dance where teens can come and be VIPs for the night with friends. They can dance the night away, listen to music, and/or just hang out knowing that tonight is all about them. Most of our kids know what it is like to be included in nothing, well this night, they will be included in everything. We have been able to throw on average 5 a year due to a few parents rallying together to cover the costs. With a bigger budget, we could reach more kids, more often. The goal has been to have a dance every 2nd Friday of the month.
We saw that we couldn't make plans quick enough for these teens. Their friendships were taking off. The more we planned, the more they wanted to plan. Teens went from not wanting to leave the house to asking when the next Adventure Club event was. Any interest that there was, we would create an event. They have co-piloted planes together, surfed, sky-dived, skateboarded, hiked, camping, motocross, School of Rock, you name it, we have probably done it. The success has been immense.
We have wanted to create a summer camp for years now but it has been cost prohibitive. Summer's can be an isolating time due to parents working and school being out. We would love to create 5 weekly sessions to help remedy this.
2nd Friday Club $800 each event/ $4,800 FOR 6 events:
Photo booth: $100
Memories: PRICELESS ;)
Adventure Club Summer Camp (10 teens) $1,000 per week /$5,000 for 5 - week long sessions:
Each week long camp will reach 10 different teens and we will have a different adventure each day:
Knott's Berry Farm $300 entry/transportation
Pole Position $200 entry/transportation
Beach day $0
Pins n pockets (bowling, arcade, laser tag, pizza) $200
Treasure Cove Water Park $200 entry/transportation
We would also like to have a skate board club:
Skate Park Camp $200 ( insurance/ park rental). We would be honored to have The Sheckler Foundation partner with us for the day (but the truth is, we would love to have you attend anything and everything we are doing).
YOU can join the Sheckler Foundation as support ADVENTURE CLUB!
Creating awareness, creates CHANGE!
In 2012, we launched our “Be the Change” initiative. This web-based program allows our supporters to nominate the areas where they want to see change occur in the lives of children and injured action sports athletes. Then our entire network can vote for the cause they’d not only like to see win, but will support. We love that our supporters now have a voice and a platform that help guide our fundraising and giving. The Sheckler Foundation will come along side the winner giving them a $10,000 grant and help make their plans a reality!
Our goal through "Be the Change" is to create awareness for all 4 finalists by using our global platform to share their story. The voting and rallying is NOT for the sake of competition. We could choose a "winner" other ways. The voting and rallying is intended to create a ground swell of support for each of our 4 finalists, showing what can happen when we activate our community to get involved with causes that matter.
Stay tuned to enter our next round of BE THE CHANGE!
Date will be announced soon!
The 3 questions often asked to enter BE THE CHANGE:
1. Does the entry have to be an official 501(C)3 Nonprofit?
NO, it does not. As long as your cause is in line with the Sheckler Foundation mission statement supporting pediatric causes, enrichment programs for at risk youth or injured action sports athletes, and meets all the requirements outlined on our website, you may enter.
2. Can I enter a person/individual?
YES! If you know of a child with an illness, injury, special needs who needs some help, tell us their story! If you know of a Professional Actions Sports Athlete who has been injured and needs help, tell us their story! Be sure to have a plan, proposed budget and video to tell their story well. Our website has the information and details on what is required.
3. Do I have to have a video?
YES. A video will help our voters know who they are supporting and why your cause is so important.
Important NEW GUIDELINES and tips before you submit your entry: