Group of eight local leaders in training raising funds this weekend

Future leaders raising funds

A group of eight local youth are raising funds to help celebrate the completion of their 10-month leadership program.

Elevation Outdoors has been offering their Leaders in Action program since 2019. Through the 10-month program, young people between 15 and 18 are introduced to a number of outdoor sports they might otherwise not have the opportunity to try, all while building leadership skills through mentorship and volunteer opportunities.

Most of the spots in the program are offered free of cost, or are partially covered, depending on the individual's circumstances.

The current group of eight youth began the program in September, and they're now looking to raise some money for their year-end celebration camping trip.

“We are trying to go on a camping trip where we can go mountain biking, kayaking, and do all kinds of activities to help create connection and give us everlasting experiences,” the group said in a press release.

“We have been working hard as a group since September to develop as leaders and to celebrate the completion of the 10-month program, we are planning a three-day trip to Revelstoke (if COVID lets us).”

This Sunday, the group is holding a bottle drive, and they'll be going door to door in the Rutland area between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to collect bottles and cans. The door-to-door pickup will take place between Franklyn and Rutland roads and Houghton and Pearson roads, but others who are interested in helping out can drop off their bottles and cans at the Columbia Bottle Depot (680 Dease Rd) from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30pm.

Those closer to downtown Kelowna can drop their cans and bottles off at the 1936 Kent Rd bottle depot and using the Express Return It kiosk, input 250-870-9094 for the account to make sure the money goes to the right place.

Online donations can also be made here, but make sure to specify the money is for the Leaders in Action trip.

Elevation Outdoors has also been offering shorter outdoor programs for underprivileged youth in the Kelowna for many years. Dozens of youth have learned to mountain bike, rock climb, snowboard, hike and sail over the years as a result of the non-profit organization.

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