“Filling community needs” is the motto of Trail’s Kiwanis Club, a commitment they have been fulfilling since 1946. Their support of youth in our community continues with their recent donation to the West Kootenay Take a Hike program.
Club members wanted to provide a donation which reflected the innovative outdoor aspect of Take a Hike. Their donation was used to purchase a new fatbike, a welcome addition to the toolbox of outdoor learning tools used by the program.
Take a Hike is a full-time alternative education program that engages vulnerable youth through a unique combination of academics, adventure-based learning, therapy and community involvement.
Now in its sixth year in the West Kootenays, they operate in partnership with School District #20 (Kootenay-Columbia) and accept applications from students throughout the West Kootenay region.
The team behind Take a Hike includes teachers, youth and family workers, clinical therapists, adventure-based learning specialists and volunteers. The program fosters the optimal environment for students to experience success and provides students the opportunity to graduate, rebuild relationships and develop life skills.
Take a Hike students are active and contributing community volunteers, participating in many community initiatives throughout our region.