Our Mission

We create transformative, real-world opportunities for youth and communities through teaching critical life skills, promoting personal growth and connecting youth to mentors, their communities and meaningful employment.

 

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Our Vision

We envision a world in which young people have the skills and understanding to enrich themselves, their communities and the planet through healthy lifestyles, meaningful work and participation in a more just and sustainable economy.

 

Our Story

Trellis for Tomorrow began in 2002 as a handful of youth programs under the umbrella of the Triskeles Foundation, an Exton-based organization providing philanthropic services and donor-advised funds. Our youth and community-based programs continued to expand so significantly that in 2009 we established ourselves as a separate non-profit organization from Triskeles Foundation, identifying ourselves as Triskeles Inc.
 
Through 17 years of delivering highly effective programs and services in our community, the meaning and impact of our work has become clear. In 2018 we became Trellis for Tomorrow, our new name reflecting our mission to support the sustainable upward growth of our youth, our communities and our planet.
 
Our efforts are focused on providing resources to youth of all ages to cultivate learning, to have skills and opportunities for meaningful work, to enjoy healthy lifestyles and healthy land, and to exercise social responsibility. We aim to build a community of responsible citizens equipped to make choices that sustain themselves and a healthy environment. Our programs and services encourage youth of all ages to participate in their own self development and to find sustainable solutions to today’s problems.
 
Our approach is characterized by a few key qualities:

  • Holistic: Trellis’ experiential education teaches to the whole person, engaging the head, the heart and the hand for true, long-term impact.
  • Integrative: Trellis programs work at the intersection of health, poverty, youth development and economic opportunity with programming based on understanding the interdependence of these social factors.
  • Linked to the real world: Trellis teaches through experience, providing opportunities in real world settings and in real-life situations.
  • Affords long exposure to values: Trellis’ programs provide participants with ongoing and graduated learning experiences on a continuum of personal development; returning each year to a Trellis program provides long-term exposure to the values of sustainability, self-reliance and collaboration.

Our Values

We are forward thinking and optimistic

We do not shy away from the future, nor do we ignore reality or science. We lean into it, are curious about it, and embrace it. We regularly consider how we can best position ourselves to serve others in the world of the future. We maintain a positive attitude in our workplace and strive to pass on a sense of hope and optimism in all that we do with others.

We care deeply for our planet and all who live on it

Living things thrive when they are cared about and cared for. When people experience being cared for, they are better able to care for others, living things of all sizes – great and small – and the substance, materials, and building blocks of this world that support their living. At Trellis, we focus intently on how we care for others and regularly seek to improve the ways we do so. We hope the way we care for others will inspire caring and compassion in the communities we serve.

We believe we are all connected

With the complexity of the world today, it is easy to lose sight of how our individual lives are connected to all that is around us.  Internally, and in our programs, we emphasize the importance of understanding systems thinking. We strive to raise our participant’s sense of their relationship to, and potential for impact on, the many systems they interact with. We hope this sense of relation will cause us all to be more mindful of our actions and to motivate us to create positive change in the world.

We strive for justice for all

All life is important and no one life is more important than another.  We are committed to continually educating ourselves and others to rectify past and current injustices in any system that we are a part of. This commitment involves being open to seeing the world through a new lens and to not turning away from things that are painful and for which we must take  ownership. Once we are aware, it is our responsibility to proactively work towards a more just and equitable future for all.

We accomplish more by partnering

The more we cooperate and collaborate, the more fulfilled and more resilient we will be, both as individuals and collectively.  At Trellis ,we proactively seek out mutually beneficial connections for ourselves and for others and keep ourselves open to explore any opportunities for partnership. Our goal is to build strong, authentic, partnerships of all types that will optimize resources and strengthen the communities we serve.

We believe in lifelong learning and the power of experiences

We believe learning is a forever journey that is most potent when achieved through experiences. We are never done growing, nor is anyone ever “beyond hope” or lacking in potential. We strive to light a fire in our workplace and programs so that people of all ages become and remain curious about the world around them and confident in their ability to grow, change, and evolve. We also believe that people learn most effectively when all their senses are involved in an experience. Furthermore, when direct experience occurs in nature, additional benefits such as fresh air, physical activity, and improved mental health, can have an even more profound transformative potential, especially in our increasingly virtual world.

The Staff

Jennifer Anderson
Executive Director

David Ryle
Senior Program Director

Bob Steininger
Program Director & Environmental Specialist

Hayden Remick
Agricultural Program Manager

Grace Hardy
Y
outh Relations Manager

Jennifer Salvo
Donor Relations Manager

 

The Support Staff

Michelle Gerace

Jenny Hoffman

Isabelle Bettinger

The Board

Ray Schneider, President
Chair, External Affairs Committee
Ray Schneider Consulting
Management and Operations Consulting Principal

Melissa Hinmon, Interim Vice President
Glenmede
Director of Equity Trading

Alex Lutz, Treasurer
Chair, Finance Committee
The Vanguard Group, Inc.
Investment Steward

Tessa Henry, Secretary
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Foreign Service Officer

Razvan Dominic Ionescu, Member
Citizens Bank
Director – Global Markets

Dennis Wilson, Member
Chair, Governance Committee 
Saint Gobain
Director, Sustainability & EHS for North America

Lia LoBello, Member
Saint Gobain
Senior Manager, Business Communications

Jenna Armato, Member
Attract, Engage, Inspire, LLC
Growth & Success Coach

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