Sierra Institute staff is dedicated to providing engaging and exciting recreation-based activities for local youth. Our recreation programs provide drug-free, safe environments for teenagers to enjoy each others company both indoors and outside exploring mother nature.
Friday Night for Teens
Since 2011, the Sierra Institute has run Friday Night for Teens, a weekly event allowing the local teens of Greenville, grades 7 – 12, to gather in a drug-free, safe environment. FNFT occurs every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Indian Valley Community Center, unless there is a conflict with school activities such as a sporting event or play.
Teens are encouraged to play board games, volleyball, basketball, pool, ping-pong, watch movies, listen to music, or just hang out and socialize. These activities in a laid-back atmosphere along with the opportunity to simply hangout with friends outside of school are what keep teens coming back. On occasion, FNFT coordinators will organize an outdoor event, such as a sunset hike up Lassen Peak, a bonfire at Round Valley Lake, or a moonlit snowshoeing adventuring during the winter months.
This program is made possible by the Indian Valley Recreation and Parks Department and through private donations. To learn more on how to donate, call Sierra Institute at 530-284-1022 or mail your check, payable to Sierra Institute (with FNFT in the memo) to Sierra Institute, P.O. Box 11, Taylorsville, CA 95983.
GOAL (Greenville Outdoor Adventure Learning)
Greenville Outdoor Adventure Learning (GOAL) is an experiential learning program that brings local underserved youth, grades 7-12, on outdoor recreational adventures to surrounding landscapes that they would otherwise not be able to experience due to lack of resources, such as gear and proper leadership. Launched in 2013, GOAL increases involvement in outdoor recreation and natural resource stewardship, and deepens appreciation of local forests and working landscapes among participants. Although GOAL participants live amidst a natural landscape that offers a multitude of recreational opportunities, few have the ability to visit and learn about these incredible places due largely to socioeconomic barriers.
Through GOAL trips, the Sierra Institute aims to increase participants’ physical activity, enhance their familiarity and appreciation of the outdoors and outdoor recreation opportunities, help them grow individually and collectively, and provide healthy alternatives to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. Examples of past trips include overnight backpacking excursions, canoeing under a full moon, stand-up paddle boarding, and snowshoeing. Additionally, GOAL has offered teens a First Aid/CPR class to encourage their confidence in recreating outside on their own. Sierra Institute provides gear, food, and experienced outdoor leadership.
The GOAL program is made possible by funding from the Foundation for Youth Investment. Partners include the Feather River College Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program, Indian Valley Recreation and Parks District, Greenville Jr./Sr. High School, the Plumas and Lassen National Forests, and Plumas County Public Health.
To see more of where we have been, check out the GOAL blog!
For more information on the program or on upcoming trips, contact Amy Hafsrud, GOAL coordinator, at email@example.com or 530-284-1022