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Youth Agency Welcome Presentation

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Transcript of Youth Agency Welcome Presentation

We're so excited to tell you more about our program!
Bringing your students on a BCM expedition is a unique and rewarding challenge. It is our hope to provide you with the tools you need to run a successful program with us this summer.
"What do I need to pull this off?"
Seven keys to running a successful BCM Expedition:
WHO SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?
BCM'S STAFFING MODEL
(who will I be working with?)
Contracts and Expedition Scheduling
YOUTH AGENCY EXPECTATIONS
Youth Agency Expectations:
Recruit
eight to ten
eligible teens to participate in pre-expedition programs
Recruit
one
(and optional second) youth agency leader
Select
five teens
to participate on the weeklong expedition
Attend mandatory youth agency leader meeting in March (specific regional date TBA)
Schedule
Kickoff
and
Prep/Training
Programs
Attend post-expedition
celebration
Pay youth small
youth agency fee
to participate


Students' perspectives
Welcome to Big City Mountaineers!
You may ask...
1. Understand the BCM program so you can explain it to your students
2. Be honest: the trip is hard, but it's worth it.
3. Be excited: this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity
4. Find and motivate the right students
5. Read your e-mails
6. Communicate with BCM early and often (especially if you're having a hard time)
7. Double check all your student's paperwork
THE BIG CITY MOUNTAINEERS PROGRAM
KICKOFF PROGRAM
At your youth agency
BCM staff and volunteers answer questions
Watch videos and see pictures
Invite parents (optional) and all perspective students
PREP-PROGRAM/TRAINING
2-3 weeks before the expedition:
Meet the team
Build confidence
Address fears
Answer more questions and learn some skills
Options include:
Canoe training (Midwest)
Day Hike
Climbing
Team building

EXPEDITION
7 days (backpacking) or 8 days (canoeing)

Objectives:
Instill
CRITICAL LIFE SKILLS:
Character and citizenship
Self-esteem and self-efficacy
Responsibility for decisions and behavior
Group and individual goal setting
Resiliency
Care for others

In an environment that places importance on
diversity
and
respect
for others.

With your help...

Create a pathway for youth to transfer their learning from the BCM expedition to home.

POST EXPEDITION CELEBRATION
A chance for students to
transfer learning
remember their accomplishments
celebrate their success
and
recognize how they're changing their lives at home
BACKPACKING EXPEDITIONS
Day 1
Meet Group, Get Gear, Drive to Base Campground

Days 2-6
Remote Wilderness Expedition, Backpacking, and Camping in Tents.

Day 6
Return to Base Campground, Clean Gear, Celebrate.

Day 7
Drive Home
CANOEING EXPEDITIONS
Day 1
Travel Day: Meet Group, Get Gear, Drive to Base Campground

Day 3
Training Day: Canoe Practice and Packing Up

Days 3-6
Remote Wilderness Expedition, Traveling by Canoe, and Camping in Tents.

Day 7
Return to Base Campground, Clean Gear, Celebrate.

Day 8
Drive Home
DAILY BACKCOUNTRY SCHEDULE
Morning Camp - Everyone supports packing-up camp while the cooks start breakfast

Breakfast Together
Morning Meeting – Quote of the Day, Map Briefing from Navigator, Other Rituals and Lessons

Travel – Lessons, Coaching, and Youth Leadership

Afternoon Camp Set-up – Arrive and everyone supports camp set-up

Dinner Together
Evening Meeting – Journaling, Reflection Round Table, Other Rituals and Lessons

Adult Meeting

YOUTH AGENCY TIMELINE
They want to go: Teens are more likely to be successful on a BCM expedition when they are excited about hiking or canoeing, spending time in nature, and can handle the challenges of being away from home.
They deserve to go: Choose teens who have consistently demonstrated behaviors that have led to positive outcomes at your youth agency. BCM programs should not be used as corrective or punitive measures. Teens should not have the financial resources to participate in similar activities with their families or on their own
They willingly follow instruction: A teen’s ability and willingness to listen and follow instructions is essential to the success of this program. Teens may not be currently or recently involved with the criminal justice system for violent crime or sexual abuse
They are physically fit and can pass a basic medical/mental screening.

On backpacking expeditions - participants will hike with backpacks weighing up to 50 pounds all day, for up to an hour without rest.

On canoe expeditions, participants will carry a canoe or backpack weighing 60-70 pounds over a distance of .5 miles or more and paddle a canoe for four or more hours a day.

Student applications include a self-reported medical and psychological assessment. Students who have attempted suicide within the last year, are in counseling for violence or anger management, and with medical issues not manageable in a backcountry setting may not be eligible for participation. Please discuss these students with BCM staff as soon as you are aware of potential issues.
AGE REQUIREMENTS:
BCM trips are best suited for teens 13-18 years old.

The minimum age for BCM participants is 13 years old, without exception.

Students over 18 will be considered on a case by case basis and
must
be approved by BCM staff.

As teens vary widely in their physical, emotional, and mental abilities between these ages, we ask that your teens not span more than a 2 year age difference (i.e. 13-15 or 16-18). Following these guidelines will help ensure the best group dynamics and most growth opportunities for the teens.
Kickoff and prep program scheduling, recruitment help, youth application review, travel logistics, training
Regional Program Manager (Local)
Adult team conference call, expedition facilitation, safety and risk management, expedition itinerary
BCM Hired Instructor
Youth encouragement, discussion, and teaching on-trail
BCM Adult Mentors
In the office
Working with you and your kids (outside!)
YOUTH AGENCY LEADER EXPECTATIONS
They want to go. (There's no need to be an outdoor expert, but they need to be willing to learn alongside the students.)
They know the teens and have a positive relationship with them.
They have authority to represent the youth agency in matters of discipline or emergency.
They are physically fit. (fit enough to keep up with the students.)
They are 21 years old or older
They are the same gender as the youth
Complete BCM application and background check release form
They work for your youth agency*
*Other adults (AmeriCorps, consistent volunteers, etc.) are allowed with approval from BCM staff
WE'RE HERE TO HELP!
Recruiting and motivating teens for an adventure that may be
way
outside of their comfort zone can be tough. Summer schedules, family commitments, and nerves can get in the way of students showing up.
PLEASE reach out to your Regional Program Manager for help, brainstorming, and support.
BCM has created a Youth Agency Resource Page where you will find:
Summer scheduling instructions
Region specific checklists
Printable posters/postcards for teens
Videos of teens answering Frequently Asked Questions
Packing Lists
Teen Applications

http://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/partners/youth-agencies/youth-agency-resources
Click Play here
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