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June 19, 2016
First Waves is a multi-day program that uses standup paddleboarding (SUP) and river surfing as a catalyst to inspire conservation of local waterways and mentorship for at-risk youth.
Made possible through a grant from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, the sojourn along the Stonycreek and Monongahela Rivers will span from June 19-August 28, albeit taking place on various days.
Throughout the program, youth participants learn to become proficient paddlers, ultimately utilizing their acquired skills to conduct a conservation effort on a local watershed. Through the use of standup paddleboarding and river surfing, First Waves offers a unique approach that attracts, inspires, and retains participants while providing an education and hands-on experience in the conservation of watersheds in the region.
Furthermore, First Waves workshops help participating youth to step outside their comfort zones, overcome challenges, and work together among their peers.
More information about First Waves can be found at http://www.firstwaves.org.