For five winning students, when the credits roll on five inspiring projects in 2013, it'll be Timbers Resorts that helped to make it happen.
In its third year supporting the 5Point Film Festival's high-school outreach Dream Project, Timbers Resorts is pleased to be the title sponsor of the current program.
Let's take a moment to look at the 5Point Dream Project, where it comes from, and what it means to the young people who join it as participants.
5Point Dream Project
What do you dream about? Do your dreams keep you going, every day?
The organizers of the 5Point Film Festival, held annually in Carbondale, and the folks at Timbers Resorts think these are two important questions.
For high school students local to the 5Point festival area — roughly speaking, that'se the Roaring Fork Valley, from Aspen, Colorado to Rifle, Ohio — the chance to find out just what a dream can mean is a chance to win a scholarship that will help them pursue a life-changing opportunity. All they have to do is dream it up.
Lucien Blakemore, a junior at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, took one such opportunity with the help of 5Point, in March 2012.
With a scholarship from the Dream Project, he was off to the mountains of Chile, hiking and skiing the rugged Andes before joining a sustainable agriculture project in Peru, working specifically on recycling and waste sorting in small communities.
"Every day held new challenges, most of them physical," he told the Project. "And seeing the ease with which the Peruvian locals carried stones and trees which doubtless weighed well over 100 lbs,, the experience was a humbling one, to say the least."
In other projects: Claire Woolcott, a junior at Polaris High School, went to Canada to work with international caregivers in communities of people with special needs.
"I learned that I am stronger than I thought," she said to 5Point, "which gives me so much confidence for anything I do in the future.”
5Points asks its student applicants to submit essay materials that describe something that they'd like to accomplish, and how they mean to go about that, and to show the ways that they exemplify 5Points' five guiding principals: respect, commitment, humility, purpose, and balance.
"While we can ultimately only give five students the opportunity to go on a unique adventure," says Crosby Nordblom, festival manager and Dream Project coordinator, "we find that we are offering all applicants the opportunity to search their dreams, find a channel to chase a passion, and fully realize their potential.
"Requiring students to describe how they will embody these principles, we want them to throw themselves into a life-changing experience that will inspire them to create something meaningful, push them to be a better person, and have a positive impact on a community."
The deadline for applications is March 1. Download the forms at the 5Point website.
5Point Film Festival passes and individual tickets can be ordered via the website or at the Carbondale Rec Center's front desk leading up to and during the festival.