Justin's Outward Bound Trip!

Last week I received a call from my little brother, Justin Tyme Baker (Big Brother Program), who asked if he could come live with me in Colorado because he was scared of his current living situation.  I was obviously alarmed and asked what happened.  He told me how he had a gun pointed at his head and his phone stolen.

Justin lives in a north Minneapolis apartment with his mom, older brother, 2 dogs and a cat.  (They have other housemates at different times, and his dad died when he was younger)

So we are raising money to send Justin on an outward bound intercept trip.  This trip is designed specifically to help families rebuild strong, healthy family relationships in an awe-inspiring boundary waters!  This expedition is geared towards teens like Justin who are struggling with low self-image, engaging in potentially risky behaviors, not living up to their potential. During the expedition, instructors facilitate activities that focus on building teamwork skills, making better decisions and considering the relationship between freedom and responsibilities at home. The goal is to help each student find the leader within themselves. 

Justin is a great kid who has never left the city, except for the time I took him to the waterfall near Osceola.  I really believe that this outward bound trip will help set a new direction in Justin's life, give him confidence, help him build skills and set goals.  

At the end of the wilderness expedition there is an intensive family conference and workshop that helps him and his mom leverage the experience into a model for everyday life.  Justin and his mom walk away with a new outlook, a new plan and a new optimism for success. This Intercept expedition also includes two days of community service at locations such as a local CSA farm, Habitat for Humanity or the Salvation Army.

If there was ever a person worthy of getting a help with tuition for a program like this, it is Justin and I hope that you will think about donating to help us reach this goal.  If you can also forward this to anyone who might be interested and able to help, we will appreciate it so much!!!  

The course costs: $7,495.  WE JUST RECIEVED ANOTHER SCHOLARSHIP, TOTALING $5,000 IN FINANCIAL SUPPORT!  This means we need to raise a total of $2,495.  I have already paid $500, which brings the total to $1,995!!  

The course starts June 20, so we need the funds by June 18.

Thank you for your attention and generosity!  This will change Justin's life forever!!

  • Anonymous 
    • $1,145 
    • 59 mos
  • Brad Aho 
    • $50 
    • 59 mos
  • Rush Benson 
    • $10 
    • 59 mos
  • Dylan Refeld 
    • $5,000 (Offline)
    • 59 mos
  • Austin Adesso 
    • $500 (Offline)
    • 59 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Austin Samuel 
Fort Collins, CO
Tessa Olson