American Explorers

Supporting STUDENT Achievement

The parents of American Explorers understand that their children have enormous potential and they work tirelessly to develop in them the positive values, essential dispositions, and individual talents that will ensure their success. Our parents believe that the broader community can play a pivotal role in helping young people achieve, and they support their child’s participation in extracurricular organizations that provide exceptional youth services. Parents join American Explorers in making a four-year commitment to their children as they transition to adulthood and become leaders at home, in their school, and in their community.

Supporting STUDENT Achievement

The parents of American Explorers understand that their children have enormous potential and they work tirelessly to develop in them the positive values, essential dispositions, and individual talents that will ensure their success. Our parents believe that the broader community can play a pivotal role in helping young people achieve, and they support their child’s participation in extracurricular organizations that provide exceptional youth services. Parents join American Explorers in making a four-year commitment to their children as they transition to adulthood and become leaders at home, in their school, and in their community.


Parent Profiles:

Suzi Taylor, mother of Molly Taylor

What leadership qualities do you think students of your child’s generation will need to be successful in today’s world?

It may sound cliché, but I think our next generation of leaders will need the capacity to ‘reach across the aisles.’ That saying doesn’t apply only to politics; it means realizing that our country is more diverse than ever before. We see more women assuming positions of leadership in government and industry, and our population is extremely diverse in its ethnicities, backgrounds, values and experiences. The world is smaller than it once was, and leaders need to think about a global society, representing and reaching out to more than just a small ruling majority. The more our kids can know about the big wide world out there and the real people who inhabit it–the better leaders they’ll be.

What are the most valuable character traits that you see in your child and what experiences would help your child realize their potential?

My child’s most valuable character trait is empathy. Ever since she was a little girl, Molly had the capacity to pick up on other people’s emotions and basically ‘walk a mile in their shoes.’ For many people who are emotionally perceptive like this, it is comfortable and comforting to be in the background, to let other people take the lead. What I would love for Molly and ALL the American Explorers to know that anyone has the capacity to be a leader, and to know that being a leader doesn’t mean being the boss, nor does it mean only leading on the days when you’re feeling confident, healthy and in the zone. I think experiences like American Explorers where young people are pushed a bit emotionally, physically, mentally to learn how strong they are inside would help all young people realize their potential.

Parent Profiles:

Suzi Taylor, mother of Molly Taylor

What leadership qualities do you think students of your child’s generation will need to be successful in today’s world?

It may sound cliché, but I think our next generation of leaders will need the capacity to ‘reach across the aisles.’ That saying doesn’t apply only to politics; it means realizing that our country is more diverse than ever before. We see more women assuming positions of leadership in government and industry, and our population is extremely diverse in its ethnicities, backgrounds, values and experiences. The world is smaller than it once was, and leaders need to think about a global society, representing and reaching out to more than just a small ruling majority. The more our kids can know about the big wide world out there and the real people who inhabit it–the better leaders they’ll be.

What are the most valuable character traits that you see in your child and what experiences would help your child realize their potential?

My child’s most valuable character trait is empathy. Ever since she was a little girl, Molly had the capacity to pick up on other people’s emotions and basically ‘walk a mile in their shoes.’ For many people who are emotionally perceptive like this, it is comfortable and comforting to be in the background, to let other people take the lead. What I would love for Molly and ALL the American Explorers to know that anyone has the capacity to be a leader, and to know that being a leader doesn’t mean being the boss, nor does it mean only leading on the days when you’re feeling confident, healthy and in the zone. I think experiences like American Explorers where young people are pushed a bit emotionally, physically, mentally to learn how strong they are inside would help all young people realize their potential.


Yusuf and Victoria Ali, John Ali’s Parents

What are the most valuable character traits that you see in your child and what experiences would help your child realize their potential?

Our child exhibits some of the most valuable character traits that lead us to believe that he is becoming the leader that we desire him to be. Our child is an ambitious, determined, persistent, loyal and sincere young man. Also, he is considerate, honest, and humorous. As parents, we believe that our son’s participation in more leadership programs will help him become aware of his leadership potential.

What does your child dream of doing with their life and how can being associated with other young leaders help them achieve their dreams?

Our son dreams of becoming an investor and a leader in internet security. Providing opportunities to expose him to this field of work and making professional acquaintances are viable for his success. The individuals in this field of work can provide guidance, as he continues with professional development. In addition to the professionals who work in the fields of interest, other young leaders will also have some positive influence, bring more awareness, and knowledge to areas that he needs more development in order to accomplish his career goals.

Yusuf and Victoria Ali, John Ali’s Parents

What are the most valuable character traits that you see in your child and what experiences would help your child realize their potential?

Our child exhibits some of the most valuable character traits that lead us to believe that he is becoming the leader that we desire him to be. Our child is an ambitious, determined, persistent, loyal and sincere young man. Also, he is considerate, honest, and humorous. As parents, we believe that our son’s participation in more leadership programs will help him become aware of his leadership potential.

What does your child dream of doing with their life and how can being associated with other young leaders help them achieve their dreams?

Our son dreams of becoming an investor and a leader in internet security. Providing opportunities to expose him to this field of work and making professional acquaintances are viable for his success. The individuals in this field of work can provide guidance, as he continues with professional development. In addition to the professionals who work in the fields of interest, other young leaders will also have some positive influence, bring more awareness, and knowledge to areas that he needs more development in order to accomplish his career goals.


Kris Hall, Mother of Laina Hall

When your child returned home from their summer experience, what did they say or do that impressed on you that they had learned something about themselves or about becoming a leader?

Laina shared stories about the challenges she faced being “leader of the day” and how things went much better when the leader listened to the other members of the group.  She learned skills to be a good group member to better support peers in the leadership position too…She gained a much better understanding of the challenges other girls face daily. Bonds of friendship were formed.

 

Kris Hall, Mother of Laina Hall

When your child returned home from their summer experience, what did they say or do that impressed on you that they had learned something about themselves or about becoming a leader?

Laina shared stories about the challenges she faced being “leader of the day” and how things went much better when the leader listened to the other members of the group.  She learned skills to be a good group member to better support peers in the leadership position too…She gained a much better understanding of the challenges other girls face daily. Bonds of friendship were formed.

 


I honestly can’t think of any other experience Alexis has had that made such a difference.  She gained so much confidence, such love for the outdoors, and valuable friendships from this experience.  I believe she will apply the gifts she has been given to become a more active leader.

Chris

Deondre came home rejuvenated and excited to tell me about his twenty-day expedition. He spoke of the kindness and generosity of the staff and others he met in Montana.  He said, though he missed us, he felt at home because of the safe and loving environment you all provided.

LaJuana

Strangely, I feel this sense of comfort about her absence. I believe it comes from knowing how fortunate we are for this experience and the life-long impact it will have on both of our lives.

Leslie

The staff showed nothing but professionalism, enthusiasm and compassion all mixed in with fun and positive energy. They are truly role models and mentors, and I think Molly will carry that with her as she becomes a young adult and is in a position of mentoring and positively impacting young people herself.

Suzi

What a wonderful program for our teenagers! Every time Alejandra participates in these events, she expresses how much she enjoys being a part of American Explorers…thank you for teaching, guiding, encouraging and showing our daughter how to become a great leader!

Yehymmy and Fernando