Ongoing support provided for summer and after-school programs that offer opportunities for young people in the city of New Haven to achieve a positive sense of self while developing a connection and commitment to others through programs that incorporate environmental exploration, leadership and community service. The Denali Foundation also funds the Solar Youth Teen Empowerment Workshops established to ensure that 100% of the teens they work with (who also grew up in the Solar Youth programs) graduate from High School with a plan for college/career. During multiple trips throughout the year, teens are exposed to new and exciting forms of adventure (back-country camping, outdoor rock climbing, white water rafting). In addition they participate in intensive workshops and planning sessions that give them the knowledge, tools and motivation needed to build a strategic personal plan for success.
The Denali Foundation has established a fund that allows for free or discounted hike field trips to thousands of New Haven area school children. These field trips allow children in Grades K through 8 to take advantage of the many opportunities for urban ecological study by experiencing the diversity of wildlife and unique habitats found in West Rock Par o Students will hike through a variety of wildlife habitats including forest, meadow and aquatic habitats while learning about native species and how their needs are met in an urban forest. Other donations have been made to support after-school and summer programs at this college prep environmental charter HS which also maintains a community environmental education center and urban farm…cultivating habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice among a diverse community of children, young people and adults.
The Denali Foundation is sending 5 children to sleepover camp at YMCA Camp Hazen in Summer 2017. Five under-served children from Connecticut cities will be able to experience overnight camp for the first time, an opportunity they may never otherwise have. At Camp Hazen they will be able to enjoy a positive, outdoor summer experience spent exploring Connecticut’s forests and developing life skills through camping experiences.
The Denali Foundation has made a commitment to the New Haven Parks and Recreation Department to support it’s Eco – Adventure summer camp programs. Support has been provided via grants for program expansion, in-kind gear for use by campers and an annual scholarship fund set up to provide the opportunity to kids who may not otherwise have the chance to attend camp. These programs include high-energy adventures including canoeing, nature interpretation, hiking, swimming, team building, arts & crafts, games, introduction to kayaking, archery, intro to rock climbing, snorkeling and more. Scholarships for the Eco camps are made available to income eligible (Free & Reduced Price Lunch) applicants who demonstrate an interest and excitement for the outdoors and extreme sports.
The Soundview Family YMCA summer camp, serving families in southern CT, provides programs that offer a wide variety of fun adventures and new experiences, and especially exploring the outdoors. YMCA camps have a new adventure for every child and teen.The Denali Foundation has committed to an annual scholarship fund that would allow kids the opportunity to participate in the Soundview YMCA summer camp programs regardless of income.We believe that every child should experience a summer program that takes them away from the normal home routine, provides the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities that engage body and mind and to create memories that last a lifetime.
Outdoor Classroom programs consist of hands-on, inquiry-based activities that relate to earth and life sciences, ecology, conservation and citizenship. Each program is aligned with the state’s science, math and literacy standards. —Support provided for nature-related, age-appropriate camp programs for children, covering animals, ecosystems, nature exploration, games, crafts, and all sorts of indoor learning and outdoor activities.
Green Skills program; High School Students partner with Yale Graduate Students to plant and maintain trees, learn about local ecology, serve as group leaders and collaborate with peers in an effort to improve New Haven’s tree canopy. The program is more than just planting trees. Students learn the value of leadership and multitasking, gain marketable job and mentoring skills, foster a sense of environmental stewardship, and make meaningful positive change in New Haven communities.
Paradox Sports Northeast is a non-profit based in Connecticut that improves peoples lives by creating physically adaptive sports communities. Paradox Sports offers volunteer and guide-led programs in rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering and wilderness adventure for folks with physical disabilities ranging from limb difference, visual and hearing impairment, spinal cord injuries, neurological disorders, PTSD and beyond. The Denali Foundation has helped Paradox Sports Northeast purchase special adaptive climbing equipment for their athletes to use.
Sponsorship of a Beach Cleanup in Rhode Island with donated funds; helped organize, enlist volunteers and execute a fun filled day of cleanup on National Beach Cleanup Day.
Provided support for ongoing efforts to preserve open space in Branford and to promote the community’s appreciation of Branford’s diverse natural features. ~ Pint Night co-sponsored by Patagonia with donation split between event proceeds and Patagonia enviro-dollars. November 2014