Three facts about our organization:
We are a Christian youth nonprofit
We are a 501c3 and operate entirely on local donations. All trips and camps off-island are paid for by families and subsidized to provide opportunities to every student.
Our nonprofit is unique to Lopez Island
We only exist on Lopez and have been adapted after other youth organizations to practically serve the uniqueness of our small island community.
We are established in the community
Over 80% of high school students on our island have attended a 3Vs event and 44% have attended a trip off-island or camp with us. (As of 2019)
Why is the 3Vs good for teens?
Connection with each other
We provide positive events for all teens so that they might connect with each other outside of school. Crazy activities break down barriers and there's something about sliding down a giant slip-n-slide with your peers or exploring a new city together that builds relationships.
Connection with the community
We have trusted adult volunteers at each event to speak life into Lopez teens. Research shows that having five non-parental, intergenerational adults who care positively affects mental health and resiliency in teens. This is not to replace or contradict parents, but to support and come alongside them.
Connection with God
We are motivated by and have found hope and life through our faith in Jesus. We believe that spirituality is something teens need to think about, question, and discuss, so we offer the space for this.
What does each V stand for?
VIA: The Way
Fun events and activities in a positive space for teens to meet
VERITAS: The Truth
A place for teens to explore and develop their faith
VITA: The Life
Opportunities for teens to add service to their lives