Youth is a time when we seek a vision for our lives and the role we play within the world around us. It is a time when we naturally explore, engage in risk, and look to the greater community for modeling, education, inspiration, and support. In the absence of spaces that challenge us, see us, and guide us to live toward our truest visions, we face a void. The hopelessness of this void pulls us toward behaviors that are limiting or harmful.
Why an Experiential model:
The adolescent brain is wired to learn through experience. Through challenge, risk, and camaraderie, youth develop new capacities as they gain a sense of self.
When young people step away from their day-to-day triggers and experience the effects of the natural world, they open up to new possibilities for their lives.
A supportive community of adults and peers is an essential foundation from which teens become themselves. Feeling supported and understood allows teens to heal, grow, and integrate new knowledge more readily.
Youth who can be resistant to therapeutic support often become more receptive as they develop authentic relationships with adult mentors and create supportive interactions with peers.
Our wilderness therapy program Passage is ideal for youth who may be considering or returning from traditional wilderness therapy programs and are seeking a model that allows participants to integrate growth over time while staying connected to their lives at home.
Crows Calling partners with our umbrella nonprofit Movimiento to offer programming for disadvantaged youth.
Why Crows Calling...
I created Crows Calling to meet the needs I see playing out among the youth I work with--needs often expressed through their struggles. In witnessing what is happening in our world today, I see that as a culture we must find better ways to support our youth as they engage their natural drives in search of their truer selves. Through the years I have watched young people shift their relationship to "struggle" as they find connections that are real, risk that has meaning, challenge that opens them to their gifts, and a sense of purpose that shows them that they are a part of something greater than themselves. When youth find themselves in "trouble" (including symptoms often associated with a psychological diagnosis) they are playing out these deeper drives in maladaptive ways.
For youth to move through the passage from teen to adult they need to be guided by people and communities who model a way of living and being which they know in their hearts is possible. We must shift from asking our youth to limit their visions to asking culture to grow to be able to encompass the possibilities that are emerging through them.