This is the second year since Tuleyome began the Teen Rafting project. It started as vision to take local teens out onto Cache Creek who would otherwise not have had a chance. Last year, Tuleyome formed a partnership with Collings West Sacramento Teen Center to take the teens at the center rafting. In addition to the Teen Center, this year Tuleyome also partnered with the Woodland YMCA to take additional young adults on its trips.
The young adults go down the river in rafts built for two persons. The rafts are donated for each trip by Rick Wilson, owner of Cache Creek Canyon rafting. In each raft, the teens choose who will be the captain and in charge of the “ferry” angle and who will be the first mate. The two-person rafts allow them to take a very active role in their own experience as well as learn skills such as teamwork and good communication.