“I have a knack for the outdoors, and that has undeniably worn off on Derrek.*” Britany's Mentor asked her what she would do if given the opportunity for travel and a new experience. Her immediate response was “an outdoor experience out west with my son... Nevada, Arizona, and Utah have the highest density of National Parks... To be able to witness these up close, and experience such a vast arrangement of them within only a couple hours of each other is a dream come true." Britany dared to dream, and the RJLF team is proud to support our Fellows' dreams. See images of Britany's and Derrek's western adventure below! Learn more about RJLF's Dare to Dream Experience.
*Names and identifying information has been changed to protect the confidentiality and safety of Fellows involved in the R.J. Leonard Foundation's programming.
The R.J. Leonard Foundation surveyed their Fellows and learned that 20% have never been outside of Pennsylvania. 50% have never seen the ocean. 75% have never seen a play or live performance.
We learned about the places they dream to visit: Alaska, California, Florida, London, France...
... and the things they would like to do:
Our goal is to broaden our Fellows' perspectives and futures, and we can identify and offer the best possible experience for all. Generosity and support from our donors allowed us to raise over $10,000 toward this initiative to date.
A recommended share in this program is $25.00. Become a supporter of our Dare to Dream initiative, and provide vulnerable youth with a chance to experience something breathtaking.
“Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.”
Criss Jami, American poet