April Brubaker began working for the Light Foundation in 2016. As the Program Director, she develops programs and activities that further the Foundation’s mission to help young people discover the leader within themselves. She also manages the Chenoweth Trails rentals to allow other non-profits to utilize our facilities when we are not.
Read on to learn more about what it takes to run our youth leadership programs – and what inspires her to be a change agent in the lives of youth!
Recently, I was asked, “what drives you each day at the Light Foundation?” This was an easy question for me as it’s no secret that my number one passion is kids and next in line is the great outdoors! In my opinion – it’s the world’s greatest classroom! Both of these passions go hand in hand through the Light Foundation’s mission of taking young people out of their everyday environments to provide them with unique opportunities that ignite their passion, purpose, and motivation to succeed.
I love the meaningful work we do on a daily basis to create and carry out programs that allow our team to be change agents in the lives of the youth we serve! The mission of the Foundation inspires me to continue to lead by example for youth by having a positive attitude, proceeding with confidence, upkeeping a good work ethic, and finding strategies to overcome obstacles. Through our work we aim to inspire young people to believe in themselves and their ability to be great role models and leaders.
In order to execute our mission and ignite a passion in youth, it takes a lot of planning and behind the scenes work. That’s where you’ll find me! The winter months have been spent planning the Youth Wild Turkey Hunts, LIGHT Project, Matt Light All-Conference Football Camp, Timber Frame Leadership Camp, and Camp Vohokase. In the midst of planning these programs for area youth, I am also scheduling other non-profits to utilize our facility, Chenoweth Trails. They are able to come to enjoy the facilities free of charge when our programs are not in session. It’s the Light Foundation’s way of giving back to the community!
Most of the summer weekends are spent interacting with the youth that attend our youth leadership programs, so during winter weekends, you can find me in my she-shed creating and upcycling old items to add a rustic flair to them. When my friends hear “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” they think of me because I’m known as the “Junk Jockey!” I have even created my own business, Unique Treasures & Vintage Prop Rentals, in order to connect with my creative side and others in the process. This hobby of mine gets me through the winter months until we can be back outdoors creating a difference hands-on!
So, if you’re ever in the area to check out Chenoweth Trails – stop in! We have a great team that lights up with passion when asked to talk about the programs and events that take place to serve youth with leadership opportunities here at the Light Foundation!