Empowering under-resourced adolescents to
by sponsoring participation in recreational activities enabling them to learn life survival skills and grow independently, spiritually, and intellectually.
The Jeremy Stom Remembrance Foundation (JSRF) believes that giving adolescents an opportunity to gain awareness of themselves through recreational activities will help them reach their full potential. The ultimate vision is to aid adolescents in personal growth, as well as to help them discover a sense of freedom from everyday pressures and find joy within themselves.
The Jeremy Stom Remembrance Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization established in loving memory of Jeremy Stom. The seed money used to start the Foundation was through the generous donations made in Jeremy’s honor at the time of his departure from earth.
On April 25, 2009, one week before his 19th birthday, Jeremy lost his battle with addiction. Jeremy was a loving, kind, helpful, intelligent and courageous young man. In 2007, during a therapuetic wilderness program, Jeremy found renewed hope in himself. He became independent, learned life survival skills, grew spiritually, and discovered inner peace and joy. He also discovered a love for the outdoors.
Jeremy’s legacy is helping adolescents experience hope.
Jeremy's Brother, Jean
To honor the memory of Jeremy’s deceased brother Jean, who served in the Army 82nd Airborne, JSRF works through various agencies to identify teens of Veterans and active Military families eligible for sponsorship in the programs.
The Jeremy Stom Remembrance Foundation sponsors adolescents between the ages of 13-18 with limited opportunities to participate in recreational activities. The Foundation focuses especially on those who are under-resourced and those who may be struggling with the high-pressure environment that teens face today.
JSRF coordinates with social workers, schools, health care providers, outreach program providers, military service organizations, and Veterans agencies to identify teens eligible for sponsorship in the programs.
The Foundation’s emphasis is to sponsor teens to experience a first time opportunity to attend resident outdoor camp programs offered by the YMCA such as: Camp Jorn YMCA and Camp MacLean YMCA located in Wisconsin; Camp Pinewood YMCA located in Michigan; and Kids Across America camps. JSRF also sponsors teens to participate in
- lifeguard certifications
- track and cross-country teams
- art programs
Why the YMCA?
The Foundation chose to work with the YMCA because of Jeremy’s experience in his first job as a lifeguard at the Central Lake YMCA. There he learned life saving skills, gained responsibility, and developed quick reactive thinking. While lifeguarding, Jeremy rescued an adult swimmer suffering from a seizure and prevented another near tragedy by rescuing a toddler from drowning.
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I will never forget this life changing experience. I would like to be a counselor in training next year. I want to go back every year and help others. Before this camp I was into my clique of friends and there I was able to break that habit of just surrounding myself with people I know. A lot of teens need to go to Camp, the activities and the staffs there speak louder than words ...
Thank you for giving me the chance to go. I will never be the same person I was before attending camp. Please continue to help other teens. Thank you ..."
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Why the Whale Tail?
The Whale Tail is a symbol of Freedom, Strength, and Joy within a Beautiful Spirit.
Logo design by Chris Santore, childhood friend of Jeremy.