On our mission to be a positive change in the lives of the youth in Leelanau County, Michigan, we have encountered an incredible number of unique humans. From volunteers to students to donors, we have been met with support and encouragement at each step of our journey.
We continually provide experiences for our teens, put together activities and field trips, and host events on their behalf. None of this would have been possible with our donors. We are eternally grateful for like-minded humans who have joined us on our mission and supported us financially.
Each contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in the lives of teens and provides positive change. “Thank you” to every person who has chosen to give to LIFT.
We want to show our appreciation to our generous partners by sharing about them in regular ‘Donor Spotlight’ blog posts. This month we are highlighting Alex Luksch. Alex is an ICU Nurse at Munson. He has been giving monthly to LIFT for two years now and volunteers with our teens regularly. He is an asset to our mission! Thank you, Alex.
Were you involved with youth programs when you were young?
I was involved with youth sports when I was younger, but did not have access to a reliable after school program like LIFT. There was a YMCA in the area, but I did not have the transportation to get there after school since my parents both worked.
Was there a mentor that stood out to you from your childhood?
I mostly remember coaches of sports teams. My parents were always there for me, so I would say that most of my support and guidance came from them.
What would you say to them if you could talk to them now?
I would say thank you for always believing in me and supporting my “passion of the day”
If you could describe your personal mission, what would it be?
This is a tough one and if I think of a good answer I will let you know.
What makes you hopeful and happy?
I am inspired by intergenerational coalitions. I think different generations have a lot to learn from each other and too easily discount another generation’s perspective. Society can only move forward if we bring groups together and use the knowledge of our elders and the innovativeness of our youth to solve today’s problems.
What would you like to pass on to future generations?
I would like future generations to understand the importance/benefits of community and supporting those around you. Small communities like those in Leelanau County are built around these strong bonds, and they are formed through engagement and community interaction.
How would you describe LIFT to people who ask?
I would describe LIFT as a youth program that empowers young people to be themselves, but also explore new interests and ideas.
How do you feel when you give to LIFT?
I feel as though I am making an important difference in a child’s life whether it’s through a winter clothing drive or sponsoring a specific activity.
Why does LIFT matter to you?
I plan to have a family in Leelanau County and I want my children to have a place where they are accepted and challenged to become better people.
What are your dreams for the Leelanau Community?
I hope that Leelanau County can become a more inclusive community in age, ethnicity, and passions. I would like to see more youth programs in sports and the arts along with better participation in community events.
If you had 5 minutes with the staff of LIFT, what would you say?
Keep up the great work! The growing pains are tough, but you’ve got lots of support!
A special thank you to each person who sends us support each day and our volunteers who show up for our youth every day.
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