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 2017 - From North Carolina to Washington, DC
Summer is a popular time for many students to travel with their classmates and friends, but not all students are that fortunate. This year, thanks to the SYTA Youth Foundation (SYF), its partners and members, and the American Experience Foundation (AEF), 30 eighth and ninth grade students from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region of North Carolina were selected to experience the gift of travel.
The youth had the opportunity to participate in a three-day, all-expense paid, educational program in the nation’s capital from July 10-12. Annually, the foundations select a group of deserving students within the United States to receive an enriched educational experience and deepen their knowledge of U.S. history through the SYF Silver Lining and AEF DC Rite of Passage programs.
Program partners: Academic Travel Services, Academy Bus, Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Ben’s Chili Bowl, Big Bus Washington D.C, Hard Rock Cafe, Washington D.C, Hilton Crystal City Hotel at Washington Reagan National Airport, International Spy Museum, Jeff Ghannam Tour Guide Service, Linda McCue Productions, Madame Tussauds D.C, Newseum, Norm Hull & Associates, Pinstripes, Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Student Watchers.
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.
Program partners: Applebee’s NYC, Beyond Times Square, Blue Man Group NYC, BookMyGroup, CiCi's Pizza Orlando, Disney Theatrical Group, Empire State Building Observatory, Hard Rock Cafe, Kaleidoscope Adventures, Madame Tussauds New York, Mama Sbarro, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York Water Taxi, Norm Hull & Associates, NYC & Company, Pegasus Bus, PhotoVision, Señor Frog's, Starr Bus Charter & Tours, SYTA Youth Foundation Wingmen, The Air Travel Group, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Ride.
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 & Associates.
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.