Youth Challenge (YC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring together children with physical disabilities and youth volunteers who enrich each others lives through one-on-one participation in adapted sports and recreational activities. YC provides free year-round activities for 150 kids, ages 4 to 18, with physical disabilities such as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and hearing or vision impairments. A team of 400 teen volunteers, ages 12 to 18, are seasonally trained by professionals and peers to work with children with physical disabilities and are paired one-on-one with participants at each program.
There is also an 18 Up Club for Youth Challenge alumni. Over 180 programs, led by a team of professionals, are offered each year including basketball, baseball, swimming, skiing, tennis, karate, horseback riding, sailing, bowling, nature programs, dancing, arts and crafts, music and field trips.