LINDSEY MEYER MEMORIAL FOUNDATION A NEW JERSEY NON-PROFIT CORPORATION via Crowdrise
December 28, 2012
Every summer since 1987, high school students in New Jersey have gathered at YMCA Camp Mason in Hardwick, NJ for the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute (LMTI) Summer Leadership Conference. At LMTI, students gain the confidence and skills they need to make positive changes in themselves, their schools, and communities. LMTI helps create strong leaders who embrace differences and work with their peers to truly make a positive impact in New Jersey.
In 2009, LMTI had to make the decision to offer just one session of the Summer Leadership Conference. Up until this point, there had always been two, identical 5-day sessions, referred to as Week 1 and Week 2 amongst staff and participants. Diminishing funding sources was the cause of this; it simply was not practical for LMTI to continue to have Week 2 when everyone could fit- even if they were a bit squished- into Week 1.
For four years, we've existed as one big happy Week. BUT NOW, we are ready to BRING BACK WEEK 2. We are delighted that we are at a point where we just can't fit into one week anymore. This means that we are G-R-O-W-I-N-G, which is awesome! The challenge is, that we still need extra support to make sure that the additional week helps the organization remain financial viable and doesn't send us in the other direction because of the additional expenses associated with it (think double presenters, double tents, double supplies, etc.).
The downside is that if we can't raise the additional funding we need to make this happen, we could potentially have to start turning people away or putting a cap on the number of people that can be in an Action Group. Which is the very last thing we'd ever want to do. Imagine if your Action Group in high school wanted to bring 11 people, but could only bring 10? What if you had been #11? How would your life have been different?
That's where you come in! By making a donation today and getting on board with this project, you can help Bring Back Week 2! With your help, we'll be able to send AT LEAST and additional 100 people to camp. That's 100 high school students who will gain the benefit of understanding that they can make a difference. 100 high school students who will gain the courage to be themselves. 100 high school students who will take the lessons they'll learn at LMTI and will use them throughout their lives, like so many of us have already. And it will be because of YOU.
Please help today by making an online donation. Let's Bring Back Week 2!