We educate and inspire independent students to positively impact their communities and to become effective leaders for 21st Century democracy
- FREE, leadership development program
- Serves middle & high school students only
- Meets twice a week, after school until 6:30pm
- 14-week program (in accordance with school semester)
- Experiential Education Model & Group Process
- Peer Mentoring
- Outdoor Adventure
- Service Learning
Cognitive development in adolescence is marked by the pursuit of and engagement in high-sensation and high-risk experiences and behaviors. Adventure-based programming directly addresses this need by providing opportunities to experience high-sensation and high-risk activities in a safe and responsible manner. Challenge course, initiative activities, and adventure sport are utilized to actively engage students in skill development within each of the seven (7) key areas. In addition, these challenges promote physical wellness, self-efficacy, and confidence. Participants learn the difference between responsible and irresponsible risk while learning technical skills towards pursuing life-long anger and stress management.
Adolescents have the capacity to take on significant responsibility and to help communities find innovative solutions to community problems. Research demonstrates that when afforded opportunities to contribute responsibility in meaningful ways, teenagers become engaged and achieve pro-social outcomes. Our service learning component allows youth to put new competencies to the test. Youth are exposed to several different topics related to community development and choose one, around which to research, design and implement a project in the community, strengthening their connection and contribution to the broader community.
High school students serve as mentors to middle school students to help them learn what they need to know in order to be successful in high school. High school students get to practice those seven (7) life skills that help them become more employable. Middle schoolers get to learn from and alongside high school students who are committed to helping them succeed. Mentoring experience is great for college applications and resumes.
Brain development in adolescence includes the new and increasing ability to think hypothetically and to think about what another person may be thinking. This development results in increased emotional sensitivity coupled with the pursuit of identity and the ability and desire to think more deeply about subjects that are of interest. In our program, opportunities are facilitated that allow our students to actively participate in concrete experiences that require hand-on engagement and critical thinking about abstract concepts. The group process is essential towards preparing adolescents for healthy, productive, and professionally fulfilling adulthood.