Help Katie Volunteer in Alaska with Hope Youth Corps
Organized by: Mark Sen Gupta
EVENT DATE Jul 31, 2016
I am raising money to go to Alaska, August 1-14th. I need $2000. The "Gateway to the Arctic Camp" near Talkeetna, Alaska is where I'm going to help with camp construction and teach native kids about agriculture. It is located just north of Anchorage and just south of Denali National Park. I will get to wake up each morning to the snow-capped mountians, and with any luck will see the Aurora Borealis.
Gateway to the Arctic Camp
is a mentorship-based, service-oriented, agricultural youth camp that teaches its participants the significance of serving those in need and the value of hard work, all while having fun and learning about sustainability, agricultural growing processes, and stewardship of the earth. Participating youth will receive agricultural training and become equipped in the knowledge necessary to raise and harvest crops and animals. The resulting produce from the farm is donated directly to those in need or sold, with the proceeds directly benefitting programs that support the needs of Alaska’s poor and needy. Participating youth will also develop a number of characteristics and life skills through ongoing mentorship that will benefit them and others as they continue to mature, including responsibility for one’s work, pride in one’s accomplishments, service to those less fortunate, and strong work ethic. The benefits are priceless, and the possibilities are endless.
The mission of Gateway to the Arctic is to develop the character of Alaska’s youth through education and engagement in sustainable agriculture. Participants will grow in their knowledge of agriculture, sustainable and responsible living, empowering service, and effective leadership, all while experiencing an unforgettable summer camp.
I will spend two weeks at the camp. One week will focus on camp construction and maintenance, during which I get to help with various building projects on the camp, such as trail building and maintenance, cabin/outbuilding maintenance and improvement, and more.
During the other week, I will teach campers at the camp about agriculture and get them involved in the process. Midsummer is all about planting and cultivating! I get to teach them all about the hard work it takes to get food from the ground to the table. I will be responsible for keeping roughly an acre of produce healthy and growing for a successful fall harvest. Potatoes, zucchini, squash, pumpkins, sweet corn, lettuce, kale, chard, carrots and more!
I need help with airfare, the program, and other expenses.
HOPE Youth Corps video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAySuQcNNPI
Gateway to the Arctic Camp- http://www.g2arctic.org/