Yoga Tree Event
Please join The Yoga Tree event on October 26th at 10am in McPhee 105 to help raise money for the Wisconsin Youth Success Program (WYSP), a free summer camp for underserved youth in the community. A suggested donation of $10.00 is appreciated. It is recommended you bring your own mat and water bottle. See poster for more details!
WYSP ~ Wisconsin Youth Success Program
WYSP is a free five-week summer programoffered to youth ages 10-16 in the Chippewa Valley. Each summer more than 400children register for WYSP. The program has been offered to the communityfor more than 30 years as an opportunity for youth to develop leadership,academic, and athletic skills.
In addition to traditional sports such asbasketball and softball, participants receive specialized education on topicssuch as drugs, alcohol, and nutrition. They receive transportation to camp atno charge (if they are in the Eau Claire and Altoona School Districts) and alsoreceive two federally-subsidized meals on site. In addition, each camper mayreceive a free medical examination and dental cleaning and screening.
One unique feature of WYSP at UW-Eau Claire isthe Senior Program, a component designed specifically to meet the changingneeds of our thirteen to sixteen year old participants. Senior Programactivities offer special opportunities not available to younger participants,including training in the Crest Fitness Center on campus, access to the campusclimbing wall, biking, archery, and tours of Sacred Heart Hospital with careerpresentations and special training.
In 1968,representatives of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and thePresident's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports piloted the WYSP conceptduring the summer at two university athletics facilities. On March 17, 1969,the White House announced that the federal government was committing $3 millionto establish a sports program for economically disadvantaged youth, to becalled the National Youth Sports Program.
In 2009 all federal funding for the programwas eliminated and since then it has been a group effort to keep the programgoing. Now known as WYSP – the Wisconsin Youth Success Program, the campis supported through partnerships, donations, and fundraising efforts.
Partnerships ~ Donations ~ Grants ~ Fundraisers
Partnerships include the Altoona and EauClaire school districts, UW Department of Family Medicine (free medical exams)and the Chippewa Valley Technical College (free dental screenings). Thenewest partners of WYSP are Sacred Heart Hospital, Feed My People Food Bank,Buffalo Wild Wings and the Eau Claire Cavaliers. Donations are receivedfrom many individuals and business, with the Kristo Family Fund via the EauClaire Community Foundation being a major contributor. The program receivesgrants from the Domer Foundation, Anne Marie Foundation, Security Health,Kiwanis and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program.
Fundraising efforts generate approximately$35,000 to make camp a possibility. These fundraisers include Let's DoLunch with Erbert and Gerberts, the Shamrock Shuffle, Friday 5K Fun Run andHalloween Hallow.
"I am a good sport at all times and conduct myself with decency and honesty. I do my best to get along with others and have pride in myself. I put forth my best effort in all competition and always compete fairly."
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WYSP Facebook Page
The Wisconsin Youth Success Program is now on Facebook. Become a fan to see exclusive videos and photo galleries from camp. We'll also keep you updated on the latest WYSP news through your Facebook news feed!