Our future is in the hands of the next generation

The Lake Chelan Health & Wellness Foundation is especially excited to support local teens engaging in healthy activities and Lake Chelan Valley community events!

Chelan High School Biomedical and Biotechnology Program

The Biomedical Science Program at Chelan High School was originally founded by Vicki Taylor and has changed throughout the years in order to stay current with the competitive and in-demand fields of health care, medicine, and biotechnology.

As part of this program, students of Chelan High School are exposed to modern content, techniques, and career opportunities while engaging in an inquiry-based curriculum. Additionally, Chelan High School is proud to host a service oriented student organization known as Med Club, which focuses on the medical sciences.

CHS Med Club

Med Club is a leadership club that focuses on medical career awareness, leadership development, and service learning. Members have the opportunity to interact with healthcare professionals, develop industry skills, and to make a lasting impact within their local community. Med Club is an affiliated chapter of the National Association of Biology Teacher’s BioClub.

The CHS Med Club is an impressive and inspiring group to be able to support! Club members have planned an exciting array of activities for 2022-23, and you can check it out here. The Lake Chelan Health & Wellness Foundation is looking forward to opportunities to support these amazing students! For more information about the Biomedical and Biotechnology Program  and the Med Club, Contact Dr. Seth Manthey, CHS Science Teacher and Med Club Advisor.

From left to right – Joey Hurtado/Treasurer, Natalie Vazquez/Vice President, Pablo Mendez/Social Media Coordinator, Olivia Strandberg/Event Coordinator, Valentin Velazquez/Secretary, MaKenzie Griggs/President, Samael Vazquez/ASB Representative

Thrive Chelan Valley

Thrive is a valley non-profit that serves, empowers, and advocates for Lake Chelan Valley youth. Their flagship program, the Thrive Teen Center, provides a safe and welcoming environment for teens to socialize.

The Teen Center in Chelan opened its doors in 1999 as a homework-help space. In 2013 the Teen Center along with two other non-profits that worked with youth, Bridge Team and Refuge, came together and formed Thrive Chelan Valley. The three programs Thrive offers from that merger are Thrive Cares, which removes barriers by providing needed tangible items; Thrive Mentoring, which matches safe adults with teens who desire a mentor; and Thrive Teen Center located in the basement of the Lake Chelan United Methodist Church.

In April 2022, the Lake Chelan Health Wellness Foundation responded to Thrive’s need to update the Teen Center with a $5K grant. Along with Foundation funding, the community came together to paint, clean, replace, and update the center.

The Teen Center is open as an after-school safe place focusing on health and wellness.  The Teen Center is open Tuesdays, 3:00-6:00 with a dinner meal served by community volunteers, and Thursdays, 3:00-5:30 offering snacks.  Throughout each month other programming provides opportunities for students to learn a new skill and relieve stress and anxiety through movement classes.  The Teen Center is offering a place for 6th-12th grade students to hang out, unwind, meet new friends, get homework help, meet with their mentor, play games, and creatively express themselves. We provide snacks for energy, hygiene kits for personal health, and a clothes closet.

Goats Give Back

Goats Give Back is a community service organization aiming to connect students in the Lake Chelan School District with various volunteer opportunities in the valley. Interested organizations share details about their needs for upcoming community service events, which are shared with students who can help staff and support the organization. Our goal is to help connect the community and encourage volunteering.
Students have recently pulled weeds at the new community center for Seven Acres Foundation, acted as safety officers and race officials for Lake Chelan Sailing Association, and volunteered at A Cause For Paws’ grand opening.
We’ve had multiple successful partnerships already, and hope to keep growing to connect our community! For more information, please contact goatsgiveback@chelanschools.org