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.
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.
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.
We cultivate wellness of body and spirit in ourselves and the individuals we serve.
We partner with others to identify synergies, build on strengths and collectively reach new heights.
We exercise stewardship of resources in our organization, homes, and in our communities.
We work to bring new perspectives and innovative approaches to challenges large and small.
Director, Youth Environmental Stewardship
Director, Youth Seed Enterprise – Montgomery County
Director, Food For All; Youth Seed Enterprise – Chester County
The Support Staff
Ray Schneider, President
Chair, External Affairs Committee
Ray Schneider Consulting
Management and Operations Consulting Principal
Melissa Hinmon, Interim Vice President
Director of Equity Trading
Alex Lutz, Treasurer
Chair, Finance Committee
The Vanguard Group, Inc.
Tessa Henry, Secretary
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Foreign Service Officer
Razvan Dominic Ionescu, Member
Director – Global Markets
Algreen Bakasa, Member
The Vanguard Group, Inc.
Manager, Vanguard ETF Model Portfolios
Dennis Wilson, Member
Chair, Governance Committee
Director, Sustainability & EHS for North America