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The Street2Peak Project

The Street2Peak Project is a 10 year venture that will take some of Vancouver’s most vulnerable youth on 5 magnificent adventures across 5 continents. The purpose of these trips is to give disadvantaged students an opportunity to share their stories of struggle and success with the rest of the world. We are going to travel the globe and expose our students to those wondrous and beautiful lands outside of our inner-city borders. They will get to meet, firsthand, other indigenous youth from different countries and start to participate in a global conversation about what it’s like to be a kid in an ever-changing and overly complex world. These will not be “holidays”, but rather, these expeditions will be rigorous and demanding, pushing the students to their limits in the hopes of showing them and the world what youth are capable of. Drawing the majority of our students from the Streetfront Alternative Program is an added benefit due to their commitment to physical fitness, outdoor pursuits and marathon training the program offers. From these expeditions, we will be creating a leadership cohort that will take their experiences to students around the province, inspiring youth to believe in themselves and know that it doesn’t matter where they come from – what matters is where they go.  We have just received initial approval from the Vancouver School Board on our next exciting expedition.

  

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PATAGONIA CHILE: March 2017

We are finalizing plans for our next adventure to the Patagonia region of southern Chile. We will be backpacking in one of the most iconic National Parks in the world – Torres del Paine National Park. The park was designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978. We will be backpacking amid granite spires, tortoise lakes, river valleys, ice-fields and glaciers. If fundraising goes well we would like to add on a visit to Chile’s Easter Island (Rapa Nui) to be immersed in their unique culture and rich history.

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MT. KILIMANJARO: March 2015 – COMPLETED

Street2Peak has successfully completed what we had striven to do – plant the seed of change in the lives of 15 students by climbing Africa’s highest peak – Mt. Kilimanjaro! Every student experienced challenges and tribulations, but persevered; both received and demonstrated compassion for one another; had direct contact with the beauty of Tanzania’s people and environment; had shared two weeks of adventure, laughter, tough times, and awe with friends new and old; had seen incredible wildlife in person that they had only seen in childhood story books or at best confined in zoo’s. The seeds of travel, exploration, shared experiences and most of all that no matter where one comes from with dedication, focus, hard work and gathering allies within their community that their dreams can become a reality! For many of the participants they have began to make lasting positive changes – working harder in their education, welcoming greater physical challenges, and becoming a person with more compassion and hopeful of their future selves. Many parents and community members have noticed a fire, a vibrancy, and confidence within these youth. We know as they mature and gain further experiences where they are now will pale in comparison to where they will be.

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Street2Peak Family Charity Run – Sat. May 10

Posted by on March 30, 2014 in Blog Post, Events, Fundraising, News & Updates, Training | Comments Off on Street2Peak Family Charity Run – Sat. May 10

Street2Peak Family Charity Run – Sat. May 10

Here is your chance to support the Street2Peak initiative in a huge way. When you register – as an individual, family or corporate group, 100% of the registration fees goes to putting 18 at-risk youth on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro!

This fun event is best shared with many friends, family or co-workers. If you have pre-registered make sure you are there at 9:00 am for the warm-up  with the run starting at 9:15 am. The warm-up and start line can be found at the concession stand at Jericho Beach (map) with the anchor at Spanish Banks as the turn-around point – for those that completing the full 6 km distance. We will have turn-around points marked for those wishing to do 1 km or 4 km distance but feel free to turn around at any point in this non-timed event.

Please register now on this website. This will make your day all about fun and minimize the workload on our precious volunteers. We will have a run registration table at Jericho Beach starting at 8:15 am for those spontaneous folk. Cash or personal cheques will be the only run day registration options.

This event would not be possible without our run organizers – Shannon Vrlak, Laura Hately, Catherine Watkins and Sara DesBrisay who approached us to offer this run on our behalf. We also thank the tremendous support of the many volunteers and sponsors. Please check out the sponsor’s tables at the event, some of whom are current sponsors of the Streetfront Alternative Program.

If cannot make the Family Charity Run but you still want to support the Street2Peak initiative please donate here.

See you there!

 
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2016-17 Alternative Bowling Tournament

Posted by on November 18, 2016 in Blog Post, Events, Training | Comments Off on 2016-17 Alternative Bowling Tournament

We had most of our students run to the 2016-17 VSB Alternative Schools annual Burgeron Cup at REV’s Bowling today partly in preparation for next weekends Seattle Marathon and partly because we can. We didn’t finish victorious in the tournament but we won in class spirit and fantastic runners legs.

Streetfront's Alt. Bowling Tournament team

Streetfront’s Alt. Bowling Tournament team

Emily and Trevor on Breakfast Television

Posted by on October 8, 2016 in Blog Post, Events, Media coverage, News & Updates | Comments Off on Emily and Trevor on Breakfast Television

Congratulations to Streetfront student Emily Lloyd on representing herself, her classmates, her family, and Streetfront well while telling her story on Breakfast Television. Way to promote Streetfront and the Street2Peak Project!

Watch for yourself here

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Patagonia Chile 2017: Training Hike – Cheakamus Lake

Posted by on August 28, 2016 in Blog Post, News & Updates, Training | Comments Off on Patagonia Chile 2017: Training Hike – Cheakamus Lake

Patagonia Chile 2017: Training Hike – Cheakamus Lake

Today was the last of our summer training hikes for the Chile 2017 adventure. We concluded with a hike on the Cheakamus Lake trail to Singing Creek. This beautiful turquoise lake lies below Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

Well done team and thanks to Gord and Crystal for their assistance.

 

 

 

 

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The Street2Peak Project

The Street2Peak Project is a 10 year venture that will take some of Vancouver’s most vulnerable youth on 5 magnificent adventures across 5 continents. The purpose of these trips is to give disadvantaged students an opportunity to share their stories of struggle and success with the rest of the world. We are going to travel the globe and expose our students to those wondrous and beautiful lands outside of our inner-city borders. They will get to meet, firsthand, other indigenous youth from different countries and start to participate in a global conversation about what it’s like to be a kid in an ever-changing and overly complex world. These will not be “holidays”, but rather, these expeditions will be rigorous and demanding, pushing the students to their limits in the hopes of showing them and the world what youth are capable of. Drawing the majority of our students from the Streetfront Alternative Program is an added benefit due to their commitment to physical fitness, outdoor pursuits and marathon training the program offers. From these expeditions, we will be creating a leadership cohort that will take their experiences to students around the province, inspiring youth to believe in themselves and know that it doesn’t matter where they come from – what matters is where they go.  We have just received initial approval from the Vancouver School Board on our next exciting expedition.

  

paypal-donate-button

 

PATAGONIA CHILE: March 2017

We are finalizing plans for our next adventure to the Patagonia region of southern Chile. We will be backpacking in one of the most iconic National Parks in the world – Torres del Paine National Park. The park was designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978. We will be backpacking amid granite spires, tortoise lakes, river valleys, ice-fields and glaciers. If fundraising goes well we would like to add on a visit to Chile’s Easter Island (Rapa Nui) to be immersed in their unique culture and rich history.

torres

 

MT. KILIMANJARO: March 2015 – COMPLETED

Street2Peak has successfully completed what we had striven to do – plant the seed of change in the lives of 15 students by climbing Africa’s highest peak – Mt. Kilimanjaro! Every student experienced challenges and tribulations, but persevered; both received and demonstrated compassion for one another; had direct contact with the beauty of Tanzania’s people and environment; had shared two weeks of adventure, laughter, tough times, and awe with friends new and old; had seen incredible wildlife in person that they had only seen in childhood story books or at best confined in zoo’s. The seeds of travel, exploration, shared experiences and most of all that no matter where one comes from with dedication, focus, hard work and gathering allies within their community that their dreams can become a reality! For many of the participants they have began to make lasting positive changes – working harder in their education, welcoming greater physical challenges, and becoming a person with more compassion and hopeful of their future selves. Many parents and community members have noticed a fire, a vibrancy, and confidence within these youth. We know as they mature and gain further experiences where they are now will pale in comparison to where they will be.

STF_2326-Edit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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