Leadership Bend: Brainstorming for Students

lb2It’s YOUR Wave – Ride It recently enjoyed an energetic session of brainstorming and steps toward a dream/vision for some of the students at New Leaf Academy (read earlier story here) with participants from the 2015 Bend Chamber – Leadership Bend class. Mahalo to Connie Druliner of Express Employment Professionals in Bend, OR for sharing their conference room with us for the activity.

Leadership Bend is all about exploring one’s potential as a community leader and discovering the rich terrain of Central Oregon’s civic, nonprofit and corporate landscape. By nature, those who participate in programs like Leadership Bend are do-gooders.  They want to participate in the ongoing work of evaluating and improving the quality of life in Central Oregon.  We were pleased to have them join us in the “Wave Dreams-Wave Ripples” activity in which we develop innovative ideas and new ways of helping youth envison a path to their dreams.  LB-Class-of-2015-580x450

In a speed-brainstorming session six members of the team completed the “Wave Dreams-Wave Ripples” activity generating valuable “next steps for 4 of our New Leaf Academy mini-grant applicants. Best of all, several are eager to do the activity again as we gain more students with life challenges but also a burning vision or dream for their lives. (Students discover their wave)

Mahalo for sharing your time and expertise: Chuck Mohler, Diane Turnbull, Jaimie Christman, Beth Larsen, Maggie Kirby and Lori Murphy.

The SUP Movie Inspires in Columbia Gorge

Local kids enjoyed a day of windsurfing with Kai Lenny at Windfest(Gorge Windsurfing program)
Local kids enjoyed a day of windsurfing with Kai Lenny at Windfest(Gorge Windsurfing program)

Kai has been sharing inspiration to youth in the Columbia Gorge area for years. A few years ago he connected with local youth at a windsurfing clinic. Since 2000, Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Assoc. (CGWA) has provided programs to encourage local and visiting groms to get on the water and develop their skills. Now, Kai wants to impact youth before on site clinics with an opportunity that can inspire for life. That program is explained on THE WAVE page.

In August 2015, Kai will be back in the Hood River area for the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge.  There he will compete and host another of his “Positively Kai” clinics. Those annual clinics begin with connection to the spirit of ‘Aloha” and ohana (family) and include a full day of time on the water.

Traditional prayer circle lead by gerry Lopez before the Positively Kai Grom clinic – huge turn out
Traditional prayer circle lead by Gerry Lopez before the Positively Kai Grom clinic – huge turn out

It is Kai’s hope that this year he will be able to meet youth whose self awareness, active sharing of their personal expertise and ability to create a powerful life in spite of challenges.  Some of these youth could include Big Brother-Big Sister of the Columbia Gorge mentees.

We offer “The Wave” program to Big Brother-Big Sister of the Columbia Gorge. The program is not only at no charge, it can deliver some funds to the organization.  CONTACT us to learn more.