NORTE HONORED BY GTRCF GRANTS
Norte has received two grants from the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation for a total of $5,000. The foundation’s Healthy Youth and Healthy Senior Endowment awarded $1,500 to support Norte’s Youth Scholarship Fund. Scholarships ensure that anyone who wants to take part in Norte programs is able — no questions asked. The second award was $3,500 from the Youth Endowment, which awards funds through regional Youth Advisory Councils. The grant will support the Grand Traverse Regional Summer Bike Camp in Antrim, Grand Traverse, and Kalkaska Counties.
“Receiving these grants is an honor, and we are thankful for the confidence that the Community Foundation places in our work,” said Jill Sill, Interim Executive Director. “As well, presenting to their Youth Advisory Councils was a privilege. These young leaders clearly recognized the value of Norte’s programming on the youth of our region, and they impressed our team immensely.”
Norte operates youth bike programs in six counties. The organization’s summer bike camp served 621 young riders during a nine-week program in 2021. Bike camp is a week-long, Monday–Friday experience. It teaches young riders how to ride and navigate their community. In addition, Norte offers both an after-school Adventure Bike Club and the Northern Michigan Mountain Bike initiative in the spring and fall. Over 1,200 young riders participated with Norte through all their programs last year.
The Grand Traverse Regional Summer Bike Camp registration opens on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. The camp is for riders first through sixth grades. Information on start dates and locations is available on Norte’s website, elgruponorte.org. Sill advises families interested in a scholarship to contact Norte’s program team before registration by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All Norte’s programs have a “no bike, no problem” rule thanks to their Kid’s Bike Library, which lends out bikes across northern Michigan.
“We see firsthand the need for children to have a fun, healthy way to explore their community and meet new friends,” said Sill. “These grants will help ensure that Norte’s programs remain open for the communities that need them most. With help like this, we have a significant impact on the well-being of our participants and their families. Riders go home with enthusiasm and confidence to keep the entire family more active.”
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