Our Struggling Teens & Young Adults expeditions are nationally renowned for their effective, compassionate approach to disruptive and destructive behavior. Recognized in 2009 for the Hillary E.C. Millar Award for Innovative Approaches to Adolescent Health Care, the Outward Bound Struggling Teens learning model provides real life challenges and rewards in a structured, supportive environment – an approach that contributes to a:
52% increase in the prevalence of positive psychosocial development
33.5% decrease in depression, a 47.5% decrease in family conflict
28.6% decrease in substance abuse
61.9% decrease in school problems.
Led by Instructors who firmly believe that every student has talent and potential, our expeditions are designed to address destructive behavior with a focus on self-awareness, goal-setting, communication, trust and productive life skills for at-risk individuals age 12-24. The curriculum urges students to consider the responsibility that accompanies freedom and independence. Instructors often see dramatic changes within the first few days of the expedition, as struggling teens find themselves removed from toxic influences, in thinner, clearer air, and with structured time for reflection and introspection. Courses culminate in a 3-day workshop where parents and guardians learn key takeaways and discuss appropriate support mechanisms for the future.
On Struggling Teens expeditions, the focus is on developing transferrable coping skills for life beyond course. The group zeroes in on topics like anger management, giving and receiving feedback, self-assessment, internal motivation and delayed gratification. Instructors work one-on-one with struggling teens to help them uncover and realize their talent and potential – strengths they will need for the transition into adulthood. The expedition culminates in an impactful conference where parents join students to share in their learning; to see firsthand the skills they’ve acquired; and to discuss communication styles and healthy support mechanisms for the future.