My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Jacobs Ladder Inc, Urbanna, VA, USA
When I first heard of Jacob's Ladder, it was described as a dream that Margie and Aubrey Hall wanted to fulfill. That dream was to give youngsters (climbers) who had great academic potential, but who were at risk of not reaching that potential, the skills and ability to succeed. Creating a summer enrichment camp where climbers could take classes in mathematics, science, language arts, story telling, law, art, drama, foreign languages, and a myriad of other subjects was one of the goals, but these classes are only a portion of the camp. Other goals were to give the climbers a foundation in faith, an appreciation for physical fitness, and the ability to give back to their communities. Jacob’s Ladder reaches the whole child, giving them a foundation to be successful in life, opening their eyes to the opportunities ahead of them, and giving them a safe and welcoming environment in which to grow. Having the climbers return every summer for 4 or 5 years allows lifelong friendships to form.
Not only have I been a board member for years, but I’ve also taught classes at Jacob’s Ladder. The enthusiasm of these gifted learners is refreshing and delightful. One of my favorite classes was when we skyped with a group of 5th Marines who were in Afghanistan on the Fourth of July. To watch the climbers interact with these young men who were serving our country was the highlight of my summer! The climbers also boxed up care packages and sent them to Afghanistan. I am proud to be associated with Jacob’s Ladder.
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