Success / Impact 

By investing in our youth, the PEAK Initiative fosters exploration and discovery for young people through experience-based learning. The commitment is long-term, a progressive journey of character development that spans from age 7 to adulthood.

The PEAK Initiative’s approach to leadership development is driven by best practices in social-emotional learning and experiential education with proven results. Our success has led us to expand our offerings beyond summer camp to include after-school and weekend offerings, year-round. To date, we have served thousands of youth through our programs.


Youth Served

Each year, over 500 Milwaukee-area youth are engaged
in PEAK Initiative programming.


Programs Offered

Our programs are offered year-round, in-school,
after-school, on the weekends, and of course, during
the summer.


Retention Rate

In 2018, 74% of our participants returned for summer programming after having participated for 1 or more
prior years.


Alumni Stories

The PEAK Initiative is a continuation and expansion of our success as Lake Valley Camp. Read on to hear about our alumni and their experience.


Meet Jiselle 

"I've been with lake valley since 2005. I have worked as a kitchen assistant, pioneer counselor and LT counselor. Any dance is my favorite memory. I love getting kids who are shy to come out of their shell.  My time at LVC has taught me to always be kind to people and believe the best in everyone. Everyone has a part to change the world. At LVC we accept everyone for who they are. We are a family."

Participant 2005-2013,
Resident Camp Counselor 2015-2017


Meet Mario

“Lake Valley Camp has always been a very significant part of my life. For years of my life Lake Valley Camp served as a place for me to escape the troublesome inner-city, develop a spirit of leadership, value and respect, and prepare me for a brighter future. It has shaped me into a positive role model for younger youth and my peers. The impact LVC has on my life is tremendous.”

Participant 2004-2008,
Resident Camp Counselor 2009-2016


Meet Natalia

“I’ve been going to Lake Valley Camp since it started. Lake Valley Camp helped me to see what I could really do and be. It taught me about my potential and gave me confidence. Lake Valley Camp is my opportunity to be so much more.”

Leadership Training Program Participant


Annual Report

View our latest Annual Report to see how we are impacting the lives of local youth and how our mission is being implemented.