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Middle School Tour in its Ninth Year!

Students having fun!STLF expands its programming to the Middle School level by creating a 3-day experience that include all components of the Pay it Forward Tour— service, education, and reflection.  Community members and school representatives are encouraged to take part in the Tour, and college student leaders in STLF will organize and facilitate the program.

The Middle School Pay It Forward Tour started in Fargo, ND, but has continued to grow throughout the Midwest with tours in Minnesota! Students from any middle school are welcome to register for the program.

Middle School Tour possesses dynamic components.

This Pay it Forward Tour is 3 days, and fits the needs and desires of the schools.  Buses leave from one school and travel to 2 different cities—serving 3 unique projects. In addition to the travel and service, students also take part in evening reflection and leadership activities to learn more about the issue we worked with that day, and how to come back together to take action and make a difference in their own community.  A standard day includes the following:

  • Service Project in the Morning
  • Lunch with the Community Served
  • Enrichment Experience
  • Bus Travel in the Afternoon to Next City
  • Dinner and Potential Tourism in City
  • Evening Activities and Reflection
  • Spend the Night (participants sleep in gyms, community centers, churches, etc)

Projecting 10 buses in the 2015-2016 school year.

This year’s Middle School Tour growth is exciting, as more students from more places will have the experience of a Tour!  The Middle School Pay It Forward Tour program started in September, 2007, and now will involve approximately 400 students on 10 Tours in the current school year. Please email programs@stlf.net if you are interested in starting a tour in your town. 

Cost & Financial Aid- Sign up Early to Secure Early Registration Rate.

The cost of the trip varies depending on which experience a student participates in:

  • Open Enrollment Tours (Students pay to participate in the experience):  
    CLICK HERE to find your specific tour and see pricing information
  • Contract Tours (Schools, Organizations or Collaberatives cover the cost of the experience for their students).  
    CLICK HERE to learn more.

The registration fee for the Middle School Tours generally include all meals, snacks, travel, lodging, t-shirt, and more.

Limited Need-based Financial Aid Available upon Request:

There is a limited amount of need-based financial aid available for students on Open Enrollment Tours. If you are in a situation in which you cannot afford the full cost of the Tour, please contact us at financialaid@stlf.net for a financial aid application to apply for a partial cost reduction. Also, please consider efforts to raise funds from family, friends, or others in your community to help support your Pay It Forward Tour experience. Any amount you can raise will allow STLF to provide financial assistance to more students in need.

Suggested Packing List

CLICK HERE for a suggested packing list.  This is only a SUGGESTED packing list to help guide students with what to bring.  Remember, space is limited on the bus so please do not overpack.  

How do I sign up or learn more?

Registration for the Middle School Pay It Forward Tour can be done through this website with Online Registration. Find the tour closest to you with our "find a tour" function, or simply view the list of all Middle School Tours below.  Also, feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.  Thank you!


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