LIGHT FOUNDATION

Inspiration for Generations

aka The Light Foundation   |   Greenville, OH   |  www.mattlight72.com

Mission

Our mission is to take young people out of their everyday environments and provide them with unique opportunities that ignite their passion, purpose, and motivation to succeed.

Ruling year info

2003

Founder

Mr. Matt Light

Main address

440 Greenville-Nashville Rd

Greenville, OH 45331 USA

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EIN

56-2311765

NTEE code info

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We believe that the wellness of our current and future generations and the wild places we love are inextricably linked. Why? Because the outdoors can provide a rich learning environment where the young people can develop important life and leaderships skills and gain the confidence needed to take steps toward a meaningful and productive future. Yet, while research proves that regular time outdoors is essential for a child’s healthy development, today’s kids are less connected to nature than ever before. Children are carrying this sedentary lifestyle and a disconnection with nature into adulthood which creates a troubling national trend for the future of conservation, our economy, and the health and well-being of our communities.

Our programs

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Light Foundation Leadership Academy

The Light Foundation Leadership Academy offers young people a variety of outdoor and hands-on learning activities that support their social and emotional learning; build strong, good character; and equip them with the tools and skills needed to start their leadership journey and stay with them every step of the way.

OUR MULTI-FACETED APPROACH:
Develop a young person’s practical skills and abilities.
Provide information, guidance and mentorship.
Develop a young person’s inner resources.

OBJECTIVES:
Teach decision making, teamwork, self-discipline, self-confidence, and problem solving.
Promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior.
Encourage an appreciation and understanding of natural resources.
Introduce young people to positive role models.
Cultivate self-esteem through a sense of personal accomplishment.
Strengthen families through participation in lifelong recreational activities.
Build awareness of related career opportunities.

CURRICULUM:
Camp Vohokase Leadership Camp
Timber Frame Camp
The Light Project
Youth Turkey Hunts
All-Conference Football Camp
The Leadership Workshop

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We believe that confidence, self esteem, positive beliefs and attitudes are the most important tools we can give a young person so that they are able to push beyond any real or perceived barriers they may face in life. Through our work we aim to inspire young people to believe in themselves and their ability to be great role models and leaders. Not only are we helping them down their own path toward becoming successful adults, but we are building healthy, responsible, motivated citizens for generations to come.

The Light Foundation Leadership Academy offers young people a variety of outdoor and hands-on learning activities that support their social and emotional learning; build strong, good character; and equip them with the tools and skills needed to start their leadership journey and stay with them every step of the way.

OUR MULTI-FACETED APPROACH:
Develop a young person’s practical skills and abilities.
Provide information, guidance and mentorship.
Develop a young person’s inner resources.

The Light Foundation began developing its Chenoweth Trails facility in 2009, adding infrastructure to what was once a rural 500-acre plot of land located in Darke County, near Greenville, Ohio – Matt Light’s hometown. Within 10 years, the facility has grown exponentially, showcasing its beauty to over 7,000 visitors each year.

Behind six miles of wooded trails lies a stunning property equipped with two environmentally friendly yurt structures for up to 24 overnight guests, a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen, an indoor bathroom, kitchen facility, and a timber frame pavilion with a large banquet area for events, retreats, camps, and countless other functions. Nature’s beauty is certainly not lost among the infrastructure as a unique outdoor stone amphitheater overlooking a beautiful brook invites up to 100 visitors to gather.

With miles of wooded trails winding all throughout the property, Chenoweth Trails is an ideal spot for hikes. We also added a turf field, gaga ball pit, and a rock balancing area. The pond is great for swimming and fishing or just sitting beside to enjoy a peaceful moment out in nature. There truly is something for everyone here!

A winning experience at Chenoweth Trails is also a win for The Light Foundation! By utilizing Chenoweth Trails for your special event, you are giving us more opportunity to serve others in unique ways. At the Light Foundation, we strive to create a learning environment and a culture that is rooted in the outdoors. We are all about getting young people to think outside of the box and reach their highest potential. Chenoweth Trails is a key resource for reaching the goals we set for kids, their families, the community, and beyond. It is here to promote and facilitate these opportunities for our youth programs and other non-profit groups and organizations. So, while you win with a meaningful experience here, we win through continued support for our organization!

100% participated in outdoor activities including skeet shooting, woodworking, canoeing, archery, fishing, and dirt biking.

More than half experienced an outdoor activity for the first time.

94% said they will incorporate sports and fitness into their lifestyle.

88% said they will avoid alcohol, tobacco, and/or drugs.

88% reported increased confidence to face challenges at home or school.      

88% said they will be more likely to ask for help from others when they need it.  

94% had a more positive outlook on their future.

94% reported that they gained better communication skills.

88% felt more equipped to solve problems.  

94% felt they would be a better leader.  

100% said they would be a better team player.

Financials

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LIGHT FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 11/30/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steve Trax

Mai Capital Management

Tom Falcone

Matt Light

Steve Trax

David Drubner

Jamie Marhsall

Brian McCarthy

Rob Ninkovich

Daren Hiatt