“AS THE SELF-CONCEIVED PERCEPTIONS OF WHO I WAS MELTED AWAY, I WAS LEFT WITH THE BARE ELEMENTS THAT MADE ME UP, AND I LIKED WHAT I FOUND: I AM A STRONG, COMPETENT YOUNG WOMAN, ABLE TO SURVIVE AND SUCCEED AT ANYTHING THAT COMES MY WAY.”

– YOUTH AT RISK PARTICIPANT, 17 YEARS OLD

Outward Bound Canada's Youth at Risk Programs are designed for young people experiencing difficulties at home, at school or in their community. The experience removes them from their usual environment and thrusts them into an exciting and adventurous challenge where they must draw on their individual strengths and work with one another to make the expedition a success. Being given the opportunity to reconnect with their true selves, change the way they deal with others and get their first taste of leadership within a safe environment, these teens transform their attitudes, behaviours and self-beliefs and come away with a renewed sense of their own potential, as well as a high school credit on select programs.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUR COURSES & THERAPY OR BOOTCAMPS:

Our courses are based on a “challenge by choice” model, where students are strongly encouraged to push themselves and try new experiences. Our instructors are skilled and compassionate coaches who expertly expose youth to new ideas, concepts, tools, strategies and learning styles to help promote healthy lifestyles, attitudes and perspectives; they are not therapists or certified counselors. Successful students are typically those who willingly approach the experience with energy, openness, a willingness to contribute and the courage to experience huge growth.

Students unwilling to participate will not be forced to do so and may be sent home at the family’s expense if they are consistently non-compliant or if they make unsafe choices. Without exception, students will be sent home at the family’s expense if found smoking cigarettes or in possession of illegal drugs or alcohol while on course.

FUNDING FOR YOUTH AT RISK PROGRAMS:

Select Youth at Risk Programs may be funded through the generous support of private donors and several committed corporate partners. Participants are asked to pay what they can for the course, allowing us to stretch our funding and help more youth in need of this life-changing experience; however, financial support may be granted to cover costs on select Youth at Risk Programs.

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