Our mission is to provide a space where younger and older come together in service to the wisdom that each holds as a member of a greater community. We support young people as they connect with the vision they hold for their lives, with "vision" meaning the particular and unique combination of gifts, talents, and dreams, that each person carries. Utilizing modern and traditional approaches we help people develop the skills and capacities needed to carry forth their visions.
Staff and Collaborators
Crows Calling operates as a collective of individuals dedicated to supporting youth. We draw upon the the diversity of education, experience, talent, and heart amongst our community collaborators to provide experiences appropriate to the needs of the youth we are serving. Youth we have mentored in the past will often return to help create and lead experiences for other young people.
Rob Steffke is the founder of Crows Calling and provides individual therapy and mentoring to youth and families. Rob has worked with youth for the past 20 years as a teacher, guide, mentor, and therapist. Rob co-founded the San Luis Sober School, an alternative high school program that supports young people struggling with substance abuse. He has helped to design and implement youth mentoring programs in several California locations. Rob is a speaker and consultant in the areas of adolescent addiction, youth mentoring, and alternative treatment modalities. He holds a B.S. and Secondary Teaching Credential from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and a Master's in Counseling Psychology from Meridian University. Rob works with youth, adults, and families as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #90265.
I believe that the most effective way to address the concurrent needs of our culture/civilization and our youth is to create means through which our youth can explore and refine the visions they carry, while at the same time helping them develop the skills and capacities needed to offer their dreams in a real way. 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.
Born and raised in farm country in Rural northeastern Iowa, Lucas Miller has spent most of his life learning to work with the Earth, where he feels most inspired. From harvesting and gathering wild foods with his mother, to learning the medicinal aspects of plants from his father, Lucas realized that learning how to work with and mutually benefit nature was not only a childhood hobby, but a lifelong vocation.
After working at youth camps and teaching outdoor education in the Denver school system as a young adult, Lucas began guiding all over the western United States, eventually leading wilderness therapy programs with the well-known Anasazi foundation in Mesa, Arizona.
Lucas has spent the last 15 years learning skills and natural medicines from indigenous men and women across the globe. While always considering himself a student first, Lucas is knowledgeable and experienced in facilitating many skill sets, including shelter construction, edged tools, identifying and utilizing food/medicine plants, bow making, primitive traps, pottery making, tracking, hide tanning, wilderness first aid, yoga, meditation, and the general awareness skills needed to work with the Earth.
His joy in the outdoors led Lucas to work in television, where he participated in season one of History Channel’s survival show “Alone”, has appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” twice, and most recently was a producer for a survival show on ABC titled “Castaways.”