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ACA Supports Paddlesports Education for Refugee Youth

Monday, June 11, 2018  
Posted by: Chris Stec
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With U.S. Coast Guard grant funding, ACA National Office staff member, Carrie Schlemmer, was able to spend time in Chicago with the Chicago Voyagers and the youth of Refugee Education and Adventure Challenge (REACH).

 

In this photo, there are youth from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Guatemala, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo who came out for a day of paddlesports and team building exercises.


Both REACH and the Chicago Voyagers are nonprofits with the goal of establishing a connection between youth and nature. REACH was formed to provide refugee youth in the Chicago area with experiential leading opportunities, whose goals are to inspire leadership, academic success, and to establish connections among refugee youth outside of the traditional classroom. Chicago Voyagers work to empower at-risk youth through outdoor experiential adventures that foster healthy relationships and responsible behavior.


With the help of John Chase, Bernie Rupe, and James Tibensky, the children were able to work on their canoeing, kayaking, and team building skills. Thanks to all volunteers and instructors who were able to show the joy that comes from paddlesports!

 

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Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation.

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