Young Consumers Build Self-Confidence Through Surfing with the Jimmy Miller Foundation

Posted by on Sep 8, 2018 in Featured Slider, News | 0 comments

This year, we have had the privilege of developing a wonderful relationship with the Jimmy Miller Foundation which has supported the social and emotional growth of young consumers from our Highland Park Family Resource Center. The organization and its volunteers bring a unique approach to healing through the activity of surfing.

Hathaway-Sycamores youth at the beach.

The foundation’s surf lessons are led by expert volunteers who provide individualized instruction and a group discussion to build self-efficacy and self-confidence in participants.

Hathaway-Sycamores youth on the boards.

Hathaway-Sycamores youth getting ready to surf.

Thanks to this partnership, members of our Youth Leadership Program and students from the Learning Lab have both had the chance to jump on their first surf boards and ride some waves.

Hathaway-Sycamores youth ready to catch some waves.

For all of the youth, it was their first time surfing; for some, it was their first time in the ocean. Most were apprehensive at first, but they were in good hands with the Jimmy Miller team and soon felt at ease.

Hathaway-Sycamores youth surfing.

As one youth recounted, “I was intimidated by the ocean but now that I’ve surfed, I’m not scared anymore.” Hathaway-Sycamores youth surfing.

We are so grateful to the Jimmy Miller Foundation for providing this once in a lifetime experience for our youth.

Hathaway-Sycamores youth enjoying a day at the beach.

Interested in volunteering or providing a learning experience for our consumers? Please email Stephanie Barreiro.

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