Adventure Risk Challenge secures funding: Proven Truckee Tahoe youth leadership and literacy program expands
November 22, 2010
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Berkeleyand#8217;s Adventure Risk Challenge Program (ARC) recently received funding from the S.H. Cowell Foundation to and#8220;Bridge the Gapand#8221; and expand their academic workshops and outdoor activities to all local high school students.
According to ARC Director Jen Gurecki, and#8220;We know that many high school students struggle academically and could benefit from our writing and college prep workshops. Local youth are talking about how our community and our schools are divided along the lines of race and class. With the Cowell funding we now have the capacity to serve all Truckee and North Tahoe High students. ARC plans to bridge the gap with our cohesive programming to help these high school students develop the academic and leadership skills essential for success.and#8221;
ARCand#8217;s transformative 40-day summer immersion program is based on an Outward Bound model and supports reading, writing, public speaking and academic study skills through reflection on student experiences, backpacking, rock climbing and kayaking, and through service learning activities with members of the local community.
ARCand#8217;s results are impressive: Ninety-two percent of ARC participants pass the California High School Exit Exam, compared to 40 percent statewide, and 77 percent of ARCand#8217;s high school graduates are attending a two- or four-year college.
ARC fosters diversity, leadership, civic engagement and academic success by providing positive, meaningful youth development experiences. Year round programming includes college preparation, after-school tutoring, writing workshops, digital storytelling projects, and community service. In addition, ARC sponsors monthly weekend retreats based out of the UC Berkeley Sagehen field station and builds leadership skills through hiking, skiing and snowboarding.
ARC Instructor Shelley Gorin provides college-prep education and writing workshops Wednesday afternoons at the Truckee and North Tahoe Family Resource Centers. These workshops are open to all high school students and are free of charge. Shelley has a Masterand#8217;s Degree in Education from UC Davis and recently received training in the California State University Expository Reading and Writing Program.
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