To the editor:
Dial Help was recently awarded a grant from the Keweenaw Community Foundation Youth Endowment Fund. The fund designates financial support to creative projects that serve youth in the local community. The money went towards the purchase of nine kayaks and safety equipment to support Dial Help's "Kayak Youth Adventure Program." This program promotes meaningful youth activities related to the existing Leadership Resiliency Program that focuses on the prevention of substance abuse as well as on building leadership, teamwork, self-esteem, coping and other positive life skills.
Although Dial Help's Leadership Resiliency Program has been around for many years and is an existing project, the Kayaking Youth Adventure extension of the program was made possible by the generous grant award from the Keweenaw Community Foundation.
Dial Help staff have used the kayaks this summer with students from the area. They were used as part of day activities and overnight camping trips. Recently the kayaks were used as part of an overnight camping trip in Bootjack which also included a trip to Copper Harbor to visit Fort Wilkins Historic State Park.
Kayaking is a low-impact activity that can improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. Although the kayaks are single-person, a lot of teamwork is required when traveling down the lake as part of a group. Kayaking can also be peaceful and meditative and an excellent way for local youth to enjoy our local waterways.
Dial Help would like to thank the Keweenaw Community Foundation Youth Endowment Fund for the generous award. The kayaks will be used by local children for many years to come.
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Rhys Edwards and Sue Kauppi
Dial Help Prevention Department