Countless children and youth are facing an increase of life challenges without the support systems they need. The “at risk” classification is broadening and increasing in scope and size.
In fact, studies show a higher percentage of “at risk” young people in rural areas than urban centers. YouthStorm, Inc., is working to turn the tide on this trend.
Who We AreYouthStorm, Inc., founded in 2000 as a nonprofit organization for leadership development in youth services, has a rich history of partnering with parents, schools, churches, communities, and nonprofits to more effectively reach and support young people and their families. This has been accomplished through a variety of activities and programs including mentoring, camps, internships, conferences, training seminars, and community service initiatives.
Our vision is to unite, equip, and mobilize young people to understand their identities, to effectively fulfill their purposes, and to authentically impact their communities and world.
What We DoFrom humble beginnings in Lawrence, MA, working with children in our Vision Project and serving multiple community development initiatives, YouthStorm, Inc. has extended to other parts of New England, California, and Europe. Over the past 16 years, mentoring has been paramount in producing genuine, lasting results in the lives of our students. Young people in our programs have demonstrated marked improvement in building healthy relationships, making responsible decisions, improving grades and and school attendance and extra-curricular activities, and avoiding “at risk” behavior. They are also proactively preparing for their futures, whether it be higher education or a vocation. Many alumni from our program who have been mentored in entrepreneurial principles have started businesses that are now successfully in operation today.
YouthStorm, Inc. has also developed an extensive community collaboration with other churches, schools, businesses, and organizations (faith-based and nonreligious alike) to more effectively reach, support and engage young people and their families. It has been exciting to see this collaboration blossom over the past few years. In New England, YouthStorm Inc. partnership initiatives have most recently included Camp Renaissance, Basecamp, Dreamers' Camp, and Dreamers' Ranch Mentoring Program. All hosted on the nearly 100 acres of the Crossing LIFE Church in Windham, NH. These and other YouthStorm Inc. initiatives make it possible for underserved young people to experience the outdoors, a variety of enrichment activities, recreation, art, music, hands on projects, agriculture, animal husbandry, and so much more- with an underlying focus on identity, character, vision, purpose, leadership development and entrepreneurship. In New England, we are excited to be networking and collaborating with various new organizations from the city of Lawrence, MA and expect this to be one of the best years yet!