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SANDPOINT IN FOCUS THE EUREKA INSTITUTE & SANDPOINT SUMMERFEST EXPLORE. EXPAND. ENJOY. BY KIM ROTH PHOTOS BY BY LANCE ROSS AND STEVE HOLT

Initially, The Eureka Institute hosted Camp Eureka for kids. This summer camp ran for 16 years and was a fun, outdoor camp for youth. Founders of the Eureka Institute felt it was good but wanted to do something even more significant. They wanted to offer more unique educational opportunities to young people and at-risk youth. Specifically, they wanted to provide vocational training usually not available to youth, teach the success and satisfaction that comes after hard work, and create unique opportunities for youth to give back to their community. With these goals in mind, Steve gathered a dedicated board of directors and turned a corporation into a nonprofit organization. The Construction

Basics Initiative was born and quickly gained traction. It became evident that it was serving a need for both interested young people and the community. “It has been so exciting to see it coming to fruition in the last couple of years!” adds Steve. Organizers of the Construction Basics Initiative work with 100 youth per year on average. Through grants, donations and fundraisers, they provide supplies needed for building projects. Mentored by experienced tradesmen, the young people in the program gain skills through handson learning as they complete projects benefiting the community. The number of projects varies

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from year to year. Last summer, the Construction Basics Initiative youth and their mentors built an entire home. This year, they are building four bus shelters. They are currently writing grants to fund another 10 shelters over the next 10 years. These, and other much-needed projects in the Sandpoint area, have been completed through the Construction Basics Initiative. These learning opportunities have given young people the chance to feel the satisfaction of hard work and achieving success while they also gain a sense of giving back to the community. “It’s a win-win for everybody,” Steve explains. Steve and other organizers of the Construction

July 2018 Sandpoint Living Local  

July 2018 Sandpoint Living Local

July 2018 Sandpoint Living Local  

July 2018 Sandpoint Living Local