General History

Thrive Chelan Valley (formerly the Chelan Teen Center) was established in 1999 to meet the needs of Chelan Valley middle and high school youth. The first two programs were the Teen Center evening program, held at the Lake Chelan United Methodist Church on Friday and Saturday evenings which offers dinner and activities in a safe environment, as well as the Above and Beyond tutoring program in cooperation with the Lake Chelan School District which uses community volunteers to provide academic support at the Chelan Middle/High School. In addition to other donors, the city of Chelan has provided key financial support to both of these ongoing programs.

In late 2013, three youth-oriented community groups, the existing Chelan Teen Center, Bridges Team (Chelan/Manson schools) and Refuge (Feed My Starving Children), determined they could better serve youth in the valley through consolidated volunteers and financial resources and decided to formally join together to build toward common goals. The new combined organization was renamed Thrive Chelan Valley.

Since then, many community members have shared concerns about gaps in services for kids in the community for kids, and they have joined together with Thrive to fill these gaps. Thrive has broadened the services to meet the needs of all Chelan Valley youth, and have offered more opportunities for community members to mentor and build relationships with young people in the Valley. In the fall of 2015, the Thrive Youth Board was added as a way for high school students to be the voice of Thrive in the community and to learn valuable real life skills including business and communication skills.

Thrive is known in the community and schools as an organization that works to help all valley youth reach their full potential through helping the community become aware of needs and fill gaps and help remove barriers. We need YOU!


  • Chelan High School Community Partnership Award: In 2016, Thrive received the Community Partnership Award from Chelan High School, a high honor given to one person or group that has made significant contributions to the school in their work with kids.
  • NCESD Friend of Children Award: On May 10, 2017, Thrive was awarded the "Friend of Children" award from the North Central Educational Service District. This prestigious award recognizes extraordinary contributions to local schools represented by the 29 school districts and 38,000 students in the local four-county region.