Our Mission

Our Mission

Zebra Crossings was founded on the belief that young people need to have opportunities to feel empowered in a safe and supportive environment that allows them to learn new skills, to explore their values and beliefs, to feel a sense of belonging. These opportunities help shape their thinking and attitudes. Positive experiences away from home will help them gain a sense of independence and self-esteem.

Zebra Crossings’ mission is to enrich the lives of youth with chronic medical conditions by fostering greater self-confidence, a sense of independence and a desire to realize their full potential through fun and engaging enrichment programs that build a strong and caring community support network for families.

Our Vision

The overall well-being of youth with chronic medical conditions and their families has improved, as they:

  • Approach life with greater confidence.
  • Experience a sense of optimism and preparedness.
  • Take responsibility for their own health and make healthy choices.
  • Pro-actively seek opportunities to achieve their goals.
  • Feel supported by a community network of peers.

In 2019 we proudly to celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary. Learn more about our history and growth during the first 10 years.

Our Core Values

Our core values are interwoven throughout every program and serve as the foundation for time together:

Play: We connect with one another and can be worry free for a while through play. This is how we rejuvenate and recharge our spirits.

Independence: We empower people to make their own choices and take responsibility for their decisions.

Achievement: We seek opportunities to set and achieve goals that empower people to move beyond perceived limitations and to live life to the fullest.

Wellness: We commit to taking care of ourselves and make healthy choices that have a positive impact on our wellness.

Community: We believe that a strong and caring community based on respect and understanding provides the sense of belonging and support to succeed in life.

Volunteer With Us

We rely on volunteers to help run our programs. We are always looking for great folks to donate their time. screened and trained to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our participants.

Case For Support

Philanthropy changes lives….and for our kids it helps shape identity, provides opportunity, and helps them grow into thoughtful, contributing community members. By committing ourselves to their success, we are committing to the life changing transformative work that positively crosses and impacts all aspects of a child’s life.

Your support for Zebra Crossings ensures that our program is in reach of all children who suffer from a chronic health conditions. We will offer our most generous donors recognition appropriate to their level of giving. There are significant naming opportunities and you are encouraged to discuss your preferences with us.

“Before camp my son was embarrassed to go to the nurse. He wouldn’t take meds before gym, and then tried to hide his asthma symptoms and chest/lung pain.” Since camp, my son has been willing to take albuterol before gym class, has been more confident and willing to participate in groups with active outdoor activities.”

- Asthma Camp Parent

“It is an amazing experience to not feel alone in the world. To meet and share some wonderful kid stories has given me and my family so much hope for the future”

- Family Camp Parent

“Zebra Crossings has given my children a power they never would have learned to unleash. Here, they feel accepted, encouraged and understood. They are taught that what they believe to be their inadequacies, can really be the fire that burns inside of them and makes them a stronger, more courageous, and joyous person. Truly, Zebra Crossings has changed our lives for the better.”

- Thaia Katsos

“I am not sure there are many places where there are such kind, caring people.  It is also a place where others have chronic illnesses, some the same as yours.  It makes it a lot of fun to just talk and relate to someone that you can’t necessarily do at school.”

- Teen participant

“Zebra Crossings is a fun place where you can go and feel safe because they understand how you feel. You get to express yourself and experience all kinds of things and nothing holds you back.”

- Luke, age 10

The efforts of Zebra Crossings are supported by our generous sponsors, both individual and business. Want to join the ranks?

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