Sky's the Limit Fund: Serving youth in crisis through wilderness therapy

Courtesy of Sky’s The Limit Fund
Wilderness camp is an effective form of therapy for troubled youth. Sky’s the Limit Fund provides scholarships to help families send their kids to camps.

• Mission: Sky’s the Limit Fund transforms the lives of youth in crisis with financial need through funding for wilderness therapy programs, provides coaching services to guide families during the transition home from wilderness therapy and hosts outreach programs to educate the community on the benefits of wilderness therapy.

According to Sky’s the Limit Fund representatives, the crisis of today’s youth has reached epidemic proportions, with problems that do not discriminate based on ethnicity, religion or socioeconomic status. Wilderness therapy programs provide effective and personalized therapeutic care, achieving high-impact and long-lasting improvement.

Wilderness therapy is expensive and cost prohibitive for low- and moderate-income families. Founded by two Los Altos residents, Sky’s the Limit Fund officials believe that cost should not be a barrier to anyone seeking treatment for a teen. The nonprofit organization evaluates applications and provides funds to offset the high cost. The group partners with 10 wilderness therapy programs across the U.S. that are required to match the funding dollar for dollar with a reduction in tuition.

Since its inception in 2010, Sky’s the Limit Fund has served more than 443 youth and their families with total funding of more than $2.2 million ($4.4 million with matching funds).

• 2018 update: Sky’s the Limit Fund continues to grow, with a significant increase in the number of applicants. The organization served 96 youth in crisis and their families, providing $518,000 in funding.

The Family Coaching Program, created in 2016, is a direct service, free of charge to Sky’s the Limit Fund families. The program provides 12-15 weeks of counseling and support to ease the transition home from wilderness therapy. More than 50 families have participated in the program, and more enroll each month.

The organization welcomed a new wilderness therapy partner program and hopes to add two more in 2019. The organization experienced continued success with fundraising – its NightLights and Reaching for the Stars Breakfast fundraisers generated more than $395,000 to support Sky’s the Limit Fund’s mission.

• Why the Holiday Fund is needed: The number of applications Sky’s the Limit Fund receives exceeds available funds. The goal is to serve more than 100 youth and their families in 2019. The organization operates 100 percent on donations.


Sky’s the Limit Fund

Location: Sobrato Center for Nonprofits, 510A Valley Way, Milpitas

Founded: 2010

Annual budget: $987,562

Staff: 7 part-time employees


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