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Service with a Smile

Diego’s shirt was filthy, caked with dirt and sweat, but all I could focus on was the smile on his face. He kept looking at me the entire time as he stood up to his full height, lifted his knee, and then hurled the ball towards me. Then it seemed like time slowed down. It…

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All Youth Are at Risk; Outdoor Programs Can Help

Sometimes we work with teens. Sometimes we work with at-risk teens. But I repeat myself. When we talk of “at-risk” youth we often think of the outside factors that teens are “at-risk” for: friends, drugs, failing school, etc. But I think we should be more concerned about the internal factors that influence these decisions. Self-confidence…

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Theory of Change Part 3: The Impact

The impact of an Outward Bound course is both different for everyone, yet the same. Chia Vang, a 2013 graduate of Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) and a partner school, the River’s Edge Academy shared, “these programs taught me about moving past obstacles and what it means to be a leader.” She goes on to…

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Theory of Change Part 2: The Design

“She is significantly more confident and better able to hear what others are saying and correctly interpret those words into something meaningful.” “He sees himself as a leader and looks for opportunities to lead….I think he thinks for himself more.” These parent comments are no accident. Our aim is to develop and build upon the…