Chicago Voyagers Celebrates 10th Anniversary and  10,000 Programs Milestone for Youth Outdoor Adventures

Gala on May 19 at the Copernicus Center to Benefit Under-Resourced Youth

CHICAGO - March 27, 2019 - Chicago Voyagers, a non-profit organization helping to guide youth on their journey to adulthood through outdoor experiential adventures, today announced the organization has surpassed 10,000 outdoor adventure programs facilitated on its 10th anniversary serving under-resourced youth throughout Chicagoland. Founded in 2009, Chicago Voyagers has seen an 118% increase in youth participation over the past decade. During this same period, programming has increased by over 350%. Join Chicago Voyagers’ celebration of its 10,000 Voyages Gala on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the Copernicus Center in Chicago where more than 200 attendees will raise funds and awareness for the program.

Chicago Voyagers is mission-driven to empower growing generations of young adults to live healthy and successful lives. The organization’s programs combine outdoor activities like biking, canoeing, hiking, cross country skiing, mountain biking, caving, rappelling, camping and overnight river trips with therapeutic activities fostering healthy relationships and responsible behavior.

“Chicago Voyagers provides youth with outdoor experiential learning while fostering meaningful mentor relationships that expand their horizons, both literally and figuratively,” said Chicago Voyagers Executive Director Bernard Rupe. “Our therapeutic, relationship-based approach to adventure programming is at the heart of what makes us unique. We’re proud to have surpassed a major organization milestone with the help of our dedicated staff and invaluable volunteers. We look forward to celebrating this achievement and recognizing outstanding youth while raising critical funds at our 10,000 Voyages Celebration so we can continue to provide endless adventures for our youth.”

Various research studies have shown that guided outdoor adventure activities and mentoring programs have a broad and lasting positive impact on youth development. According to Dr. Nina Roberts, “A range of positive social development and academic achievement outcomes, including improved self-esteem, enhanced talents in leadership, and improved skills in literacy are important effects resulting from involvement in the outdoors. The key to full comprehension, however, is the fact that it takes high quality programs and solid adult mentors to make a lasting impact on youth.” Since the organization’s inception, Chicago Voyagers has impacted more than 4,000 youth through 10,000 outdoor experiential adventures.

To purchase tickets to the gala and learn more about the Chicago Voyagers mission and volunteer opportunities, visit www.chicagovoyagers.org. Tickets cost $100 and space is limited, so secure your spot today by registering online.

About Chicago Voyagers

Each year Chicago Voyagers serves more than 400 under-resourced youth throughout Chicagoland by facilitating outdoor experiential adventures. The organization’s year-round programs help guide youth on their journey to adulthood by combining outdoor activities that include biking, canoeing, hiking, cross country skiing, mountain biking, caving, rappelling, camping and overnight river trips with therapeutic activities fostering healthy relationships and responsible behavior. Founded in 2010, Chicago Voyagers is mission-driven to empower growing generations of young adults to live healthy and successful lives. To learn more about Chicago Voyagers and volunteer opportunities, visit www.chicagovoyagers.com and follow Chicago Voyagers on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Media Contacts

Jory Fitzgerald | jory@chicagovoyagers.org | (574) 876-1068

Rachel Fukaya | rachel@fukayacreative.com | (831) 229-5761


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