Up & Up uses humanity’s inherent connection to the outdoors to facilitate lasting change. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing overnight summer camps and other year-round outdoor adventures for underserved kids.
We use the outdoors to inspire youth to see possibility and opportunity in their lives…
…to realize the positive attitude and behavioral changes that help them become happy, healthy, and successful adults.
In association with state parks our kids ages 5-to-8 have the opportunity to earn their Jr. Rangers badges through state parks, learn from their surroundings and connect with the environment they live in.
Our programs are educational, fun and focused on developing a sense of trust. Each game is carefully designed to help our groups learn about themselves.
Backpacking skills, low-impact camping ethics, yoga and mindfulness practices facilitate team building activities and group therapy.
Group tribe sessions are perfect opportunities to discuss and share individual stories. Our 4 steps to listening mastery teach kids patience, compassion and empathy.
Carefully crafted challenges geared towards personal growth are fundamentally in the core of our programs.
The boys will have the opportunity to learn from professional photographers, document their stories and share them with their communities.
For more than 400,000 kids in the US this is reality. Up & Up community is providing mentoring solutions and is confident in their approach to helping improve the national statistics listed below.
25% will become homeless within the first two year of aging out of the foster care system.
33% of foster children will be homeless before they turn 18.
More then 21% of foster care alumni suffer from PTSD - a higher rate than US war veterans.
47% of youth leaving foster care are unemployed
79% of the children killed as a result of abuse are younger than 4 years old
30% of abused and neglected children will later go on to abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse
The Up & Up Foundation is currently seeking partnership with companies looking to help us reach more kids.