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Silver Lining

The Silver Lining Program's mission is to recognize deserving students who have demonstrated through their action, intention, or circumstance the desire to expand their awareness, creating a dramatic life change. With the help of our volunteers, SYTA member companies, and our annual conference host cities, SYF has impacted nearly 500 students since 2006.  

Each year, SYF grants an all-expense paid trip to approximately 35 students and youth who are selected from our annual conference host city to travel to another part of the world. Below are examples of some of our most recent Silver Lining trips.

Silver Lining 2016 - From Orlando, FL to New York City, NY

On July 18th, the SYTA Youth Foundation is providing 30 students from the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida with a three-day educational experience to NYC. Every student has a different background but they are all engaged in their community. Meet two of the Silver Lining program participants: Mercedes and Frederick.

Mercedes is an incredibly caring and loving individual. She likes to be active and try new things: "I plan on taking a ton of pictures so that I can show my mom and my family who have never flown on a plane before either".

Frederick has been a loyal BGC Member since he was six. He is always willing to volunteer his time to lend a helping hand with the younger Club Members. Frederick is a music fanatic and would like to combine his love for his Club and Music together one day to teach music to underprivileged youth.

Silver Lining 2015 - From Sto-Rox, PA to Washington, D.C.

In March 2015, SYF partnered with the American Experience Foundation to provide 31 deserving eighth grade students from Sto-Rox Middle the opportunity to participate in a three-day educational program in our nation’s capital. For many of the students, this was their first time leaving Pennsylvania.

"Sincere thanks to you and everyone in your organization who made this possible. It’s so amazing to watch kids get excited not just to learn as they did on the trip, but to see them excited to share what they’ve learned with others.” - Paula Dugan, MSW, and the Sto-Rox DC trip staff

Program partners: AP Xpress Bus Company, Inc., Arlington National Cemetery, Ben’s Chili Bowl, BookMyGroup, Spirit of Washington, Gunther Charters And Tours, Hard Rock Cafe Washington D.C., Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport, Madame Tussauds D.C., Mount Vernon, Metro Tours, Inc., Newseum, and Norm Hull

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Silver Lining 2014 - From Edmonton to Montreal, Canada

In April 2014, the SYTA Youth Foundation provided a $15,000 grant to St. Albert Public Schools to help restore the funds needed for 71 students and chaperones to take a trip of a lifetime to the Space Camp in Montreal. A special thanks to SYF Wingmen and donors for making this program possible.

"The Students have watched their community support them, from near and far, and this trip meant so much more to them because of it. Most importantly, they learned to never give up." - Space Camp, Co-chair, Heather Kemp

Silver Lining 2013 - From Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park

In October 2013, 20 deserving students from Theodore Roosevelt’s High School, Outsiders Club, traveled from Los Angeles, California, to Yosemite National Park. The Outsiders participated in the NatureBridge field science program, which included renowned leadership training and personal attention.

"I think it’s so good that there’s an organization out there helping kids travel because they don’t have any money for it. “ – Student from Theodore Roosevelt High School

Program partners: H&L Charter, Norm Hull, SYTA Youth Foundation Wingmen, Yosemite/Mariposa Country Tourism Bureau, and Yosemite Zip Lines and Adventure Park




The application period for the Silver Lining Program is now closed.