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Give Back Tahoe: Gateway Mountain Center improves lives of our youth

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Gateway Mountain Center helps youth connect more deeply with themselves, the natural world and their community.

For the past ten years, Gateway Mountain Center has provided high impact, innovative programming to improve the lives of Truckee and North Tahoe youth.

Our objective is to help youth connect more deeply with themselves, the natural world and their community.

We offer three main programs to local area youth:

1. Youth Wellness: We're the Wellness Site Coordinators for Sierra Continuation High School and Truckee Community School. For these higher need youth, we offer outdoor adventure outings and classes in mindfulness, yoga, and resiliency strategies. We also provide this and impulse control for the Horizons program at Alder Creek Middle School assisting in the system of support for behavior and emotionally challenged students.

2. Whole Hearts, Minds, and Bodies: We provide one on one support for youth in treatment for mental health, emotional disturbance, or substance abuse issues. We guide our youth clients into experiences that increase their sense of self-efficacy, strengthen resiliency, expand self-image and reduce vulnerability to stress and depression. We are contracted with Placer and Nevada County's Behavioral Health as well as Tahoe Forest Hospital. We are also about to receive Certification as a Medi-Cal Service Provider!

3. Academic Field Science Courses: We provide field trips to our research site at Van Norden Meadow at Donner Summit. Students do hands-on projects studying meadow and wetland habitat in partnership with our meadow research team overseen by UC Davis. We're a two-time recipient of the Nature Fund Grant, and supported by the Truckee Donner Land Trust, and Conservation Science Partners in these efforts.

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We continue to grow 40% annually! We are fundraising to build our management team, and to expand our office space to develop an afterschool Wellness Center. We are also starting a new Mindfulness Based Substance Abuse Treatment Program.

For info, contact Peter Mayfield peter@sierraexperience.org, 530-205-6245, http://www.sierraexperience.org.