Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation – take 2 with SVP Vancouver!
Some of our long-time Partners will recognize our newest Scaling Grant recipient, Take a Hike Foundation (TAH), from when they were an SVP Investee from 2004 to 2007. The Lead Partners at the time, David Eisler and Norm Francis, accelerated TAH to take their initial strides towards scaling by hiring their first Executive Director, which allowed them to double their program reach. Nicole Geyer is now TAH’s Lead Partner and is looking forward to working with fellow SVP Partners on select capacity-building projects TAH has identified as areas of need in their proposal.
“With SVP’s help Take a Hike will have the opportunity to grow provincially,” says Nicole. “It’s so exciting to think about all the youth who could reach their full potential.”
Established in 2000, Take a Hike’s vision is to be the North American leader at enabling communities to empower at-risk youth to achieve their full potential, realize their dreams, and give back to their communities. They offer a full-time alternative education program that engages at-risk youth through a unique combination of adventure-based learning, academics, therapy, and community involvement. Take a Hike empowers these youth with the tools to forge their own path and achieve success in school and in their lives.
To qualify for an SVP Scaling Grant, an Investee must have a compelling theory of change related to SVP’s mission of serving children and youth at-risk, and show evidence of their impact, with the possibility to drive systemic change through scaling. SVP Vancouver Investee Selection Framework – Scaling Grants
On June 26, 2017, the SVP Investment Committee approved TAH’s request for a one-time Scaling Grant of $150,000 – an investment that will allow TAH to:
- Hire a Director of Program Innovation & Development
- Develop a theory of change
- Develop more robust alumni success stories
- Develop a social return on investment framework
- Employ expert advisors
“We are extremely grateful to you, our trusted friends at Social Venture Partners Vancouver, for your confidence in our organization and support of our mission,” says Gordon Matchett, TAH CEO. “With your help, we will revise our funding strategy and strengthen organizational capacity. Making a fundamental shift in our current paradigm will then allow us to achieve our ten-year vision of scaling Take a Hike so that every school district in British Columbia that has a need and desire can have access to this proven and successful approach to alternate education.”
Working with TAH is also an opportunity for SVP. “I’m excited to be able to take the learnings from this ambitious and unprecedented approach to scaling impact,” says Dara Parker, SVP Executive Director, “to see if we can apply them to not only our Investees, but also SVP itself!”