Sky’s the Limit Fund Receives Over $2.5M to Assist Youth and Young Adults in Mental Health Crisis
Milpitas, CA – Sky’s the Limit Fund (STLF), a nonprofit transforming the lives of youth/young adults in crisis and their families by providing access to wilderness therapy programs, coaching services, and educational outreach, has received over $2.5 million in donations to assist adolescents, young adults, and their families since July 2021.
Founded by Rochelle Bochner and Lani Dorff in 2010, STLF provides support to youth/young adults from families with financial need who attend one of their fourteen wilderness therapy and youth-oriented therapeutic partner programs. The combined support from STLF and a reduction in tuition from partner programs allows families to focus on the treatment and wellness of their youth/young adults in times of crisis.
In addition to funding transformative wilderness therapy treatment, STLF provides wrap-around family-oriented services including young adult and parent coaching, outreach and education, and a Local Continuum of Care for students returning home.
Through the Local Continuum of Care program, a family and/or young adult can receive up to $2,500 as reimbursement for treatment in their community post-wilderness therapy. This provides a mental health and substance use “safety net” for students after they leave the care of the STLF partner program.
“We continue to receive applications for support daily. The need for wilderness therapy is real and the cost prohibits so many from accessing this effective treatment. The financial support STLF provides for wilderness therapy combined with our coaching service and local continuum of care gives youth, young adults and families access to effective treatment and hope for a healthy and better future,” said Bochner. “COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the mental health of youth and young adults and the financial stability of so many families, and we are honored to be in a strong position to help those who’ve been especially impacted.”
The generous donations from organizations and foundations like WoodNext Fund have allowed STLF to welcome Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness and Trails Carolina to their Partner Program, thus expanding STLF’s reach and ability to serve more youth and young adults in crisis. This breadth and variety of partner programs allows STLF to provide assistance to diverse families from across the United States.
With over a decade of working with families in crisis, STLF’s Family Support Managers have a seamless and hands-on process that surrounds a family during the application, approval, and treatment process. STLF’s average support of $10,000 per family can be approved in as little as 24 hours and young people can start to benefit quickly from the therapeutic services offered.
“My son is very excited about college…His love of the outdoors has just gotten stronger since wilderness therapy. I couldn’t be any prouder of how far he’s come. 2 years ago, it seemed like it would never happen. You guys have all been amazing from start to finish and I will be eternally grateful,” shared a mother who received STLF support.
About Sky’s the Limit Fund
Sky’s The Limit Fund was co-founded by Rochelle Bochner and Lani Dorff. After experiencing the life-saving impact that wilderness therapy had on their son, Rochelle and her husband determined that wilderness therapy should be available to ANY youth in crisis. Joining their endeavor, Lani worked with Rochelle to form STLF to raise funds to support youth in crisis and their families. Unfortunately, wilderness therapy is very expensive and rarely covered by health insurance companies.
About Wood Next Fund
WoodNext Fund is the philanthropy of tech innovator and Roku CEO/Founder, Anthony Wood, and his wife Susan. In collaboration with the Fund’s director Nancy Chan, their philanthropic efforts are guided by their overall mission to advance human progress and remove obstacles to a fulfilling life.
The Fund’s priorities include mental health and related issues, scientific and biomedical research and economic opportunity with a focus on addressing the root causes of poverty.