American Explorers

WILDERNESS EXPEDITIONS

Each young person joining the program the summer before their 9th grade year commits to completing a 22-day wilderness expedition that focuses on developing essential skills and the confidence that comes from accomplishment. Each of the subsequent three summers will offer participants experiential learning through an outdoor excursion. The goal of the summer experience is to build upon, deepen and refine the leadership skills, self-confidence and teamwork of every student.

WILDERNESS EXPEDITIONS

Each young person joining the program the summer before their 9th grade year commits to completing a 22-day wilderness expedition that focuses on developing essential skills and the confidence that comes from accomplishment. Each of the subsequent three summers will offer participants experiential learning through an outdoor excursion. The goal of the summer experience is to build upon, deepen and refine the leadership skills, self-confidence and teamwork of every student.


365 ENGAGEMENT

After the completion of summer expeditions, students participate in year-round leadership development opportunities, maintaining a strong connection to the program, each other and their individual life plans.

Through a collection of year-round programs and hands-on learning experiences American Explorers learn to deepen and refine their leadership skills and put their talents to use in meaningful ways. Participation includes school and community service projects, team building exercises, advocacy, employment and internships, and health and wellness activities.

365 ENGAGEMENT

After the completion of summer expeditions, students participate in year-round leadership development opportunities, maintaining a strong connection to the program, each other and their individual life plans.

Through a collection of year-round programs and hands-on learning experiences American Explorers learn to deepen and refine their leadership skills and put their talents to use in meaningful ways. Participation includes school and community service projects, team building exercises, advocacy, employment and internships, and health and wellness activities.


PURPOSE AND GOALS

YEAR 1

Purpose: Focus on self. To build self-confidence and broaden each participants’ perspective of who they are and what they are capable of accomplishing.

Goal: Participants will become more self-confident, responsible, creative, compassionate and trustworthy.

YEAR 2

Purpose: Focus on servant leadership, teamwork, community service and goal setting.

Goal: Participants will work together to develop strategies and plan community-service oriented implementation projects to address the highest priority needs in their schools and communities.

YEAR 3

Purpose: Focus on future. To set goals and plan for life beyond high school.

Goal: Participants will engage in college preparation activities, including vocational exploration, career development, and serve as mentors to Year 1 participants.

YEAR 4

Purpose: Focus on “real life” learning. Secure employment and internship opportunities.

Goal: Participants will be prepared for the next chapter of their lives as leaders, educators, confident decision-makers and change agents.

PURPOSE AND GOALS

YEAR 1

Purpose: Focus on self. To build self-confidence and broaden each participants’ perspective of who they are and what they are capable of accomplishing.

Goal: Participants will become more self-confident, responsible, creative, compassionate and trustworthy.

YEAR 2

Purpose: Focus on servant leadership, teamwork, community service and goal setting.

Goal: Participants will work together to develop strategies and plan community-service oriented implementation projects to address the highest priority needs in their schools and communities.

YEAR 3

Purpose: Focus on future. To set goals and plan for life beyond high school.

Goal: Participants will engage in college preparation activities, including vocational exploration, career development, and serve as mentors to Year 1 participants.

YEAR 4

Purpose: Focus on “real life” learning. Secure employment and internship opportunities.

Goal: Participants will be prepared for the next chapter of their lives as leaders, educators, confident decision-makers and change agents.