LUK, Inc. to Expand TREK Program Through George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation Award

LUK, Inc. recently was awarded funds by the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation to provide scholarships for youth from Boylston and Worcester to participate in LUK’s TREK programs.

TREK (Teaching, Reaching, Experiencing with Kids) is a program through LUK that provides adaptive adventure-based, experiential-learning (AB/EL) activities that motivate youth to try new things, develop social skills, and participate in physical fitness while having fun. TREK is a flexible model with sessions tailored for populations such as youth with Autism or developmental delays and youth who have experienced trauma (abuse/neglect, witness to community/domestic violence).

The TREK model focuses significantly on social and emotional competencies. Activities vary depending on the season, weather, and the interests and skills of the youth, and may include team building games, leadership skills, a challenge course, and fun active components such as paddling, swimming, snowboarding, and more. TREK staff use teachable moments to role model, reinforce skills and safe behaviors, and promote positive experiences. Staff also help redirect if participants are having trouble with emotional regulation and reinforce positive frustration tolerance.

By expanding scholarship opportunities to TREK, the Fuller Foundation will benefit the community and LUK by eliminating obstacles and creating more openings for youth and families who would like to engage in adventure-based therapy. These funds will support youth from historically underserved and marginalized populations. LUK hopes that participants of the TREK program walk away from their experience feeling like they have made connections and progress towards a fulfilling life.

LUK, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the safety, health, and well-being of youth, families, and adults in Central Massachusetts. As a community-based organization, LUK’s mission is to challenge and inspire youth, adults, and families to realize their unique potential through community-based prevention, intervention, education, and support services.

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