Metropolis at Metrotown Supporting At-Risk Youth in Burnaby Every Step of the Way


Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation’s First Pinnacle Club Leader in Burnaby

Burnaby, BC – Recently it was announced that at-risk youth in Burnaby will have the opportunity to participate in a unique, adventure-based learning program through the Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation. Take a Hike enables at-risk youth to positively change their lives and has partnered with School District 41 to expand its proven program to grade 10-12 students in Burnaby. The Take a Hike program currently operates in Vancouver and in the West Kootenays and the path to success begins with support from the community.

“The success of our program is built on partnerships and we would not be able to deliver our proven program for at-risk youth without the support of Burnaby’s business community,” said Matthew Coyne, CEO of the Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation. “Metropolis at Metrotown is a wonderful corporate citizen and year over year continues to support community initiatives through their Community Investment Fund and we are delighted to announce Metropolis at Metrotown as our first Pinnacle Club Leader supporting the Take a Hike Burnaby program.” A Pinnacle Club Leader is a partner who commits to making a gift for three consecutive years supporting a student’s entire participation in the Take a Hike program, where real change can happen.

With Metropolis at Metrotown’s support, the Take a Hike Burnaby program will introduce students to outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, canoeing and snowshoeing, and will support students in developing valuable communication, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. These activities help the youth deal with deeply rooted personal issues in a safe environment, while allowing them to broaden their knowledge of the outdoors and expand their support networks.

Take a Hike will provide a full-time therapist who will work with the school district’s teacher, youth engagement worker and, an adventure-based learning specialist, to provide a holistic program for the students. Student intake will begin in September with a goal of enrolling 20 youth for the 2014/15 school year.

“Metropolis at Metrotown is thrilled to be able to give back to the community and support organizations like the Take a Hike Foundation through our Community Investment Fund,” said Judy Black, Marketing Director, Metropolis at Metrotown. “Since 2005, the Metropolis Express Train has raised over $600,000 for donation to local charities. Through our donation, we look forward to supporting a student’s entire Take a Hike journey and continuing to support and enrich the lives of our youth.”

Take a Hike relies on donations from individuals, corporations and foundations to support the program elements that fall outside of standard school district funding, including the outdoor expeditions, adventure-based learning components, and a full-time therapist.

Since its inception in 2000, Take a Hike has engaged more than 400 at-risk youth in BC. The program first expanded from one classroom to two in 2005 with the support of SVP Vancouver. The expansion into West Kootenay and Burnaby has been made possible through generous donations from donors such as the Vancouver Foundation and Tula Community Fund, and facilitated through Take a Hike’s partnership with LIFT Philanthropy Partners.

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About Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation

Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation offers an alternative education program that engages at-risk youth through a unique combination of adventure-based learning, academics, therapy, and community involvement. The program is offered in Vancouver and West Kootenay to youth in grades 10-12 who have few remaining options and enables them to positively change their lives.


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Cutline: Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation will launch its adventure-based learning program for youth in Burnaby this September.