Our vision for Elevate Youth is to deliver long-term life skills development to underserved youth through progressive outdoor programs that cultivate the strength of mentoring relationships and support to the communities in which we operate. Our organization pursues social justice through critical mentoring, youth empowerment, community service, and advocacy.
Several factors make the Outdoor Experience impactful to the youth we serve:
- Exposure to amazing natural environments/sense of place
- Opportunity to experience a world outside their daily reality
- Presence in a fun, passionate and joy filled environment
- Opportunity to be physically, mentally, and emotionally challenged in a safe way
Together, these components generate outdoor experiences that lead to a sense of achievement, which increases confidence, self-esteem and resilience. A space is created for youth to take risks in a safe environment and learn about their own strengths. We like to believe in the therapeutic power nature provides and thus allows youth to confront issues with the help of supportive and caring adults. Ultimately, the power of these new experiences allows youth to see new possibilities for their lives and change their perception of themselves and their place in the world.