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True North Youth Program

With the support of adult Navigators we envision that every teen participant in True North Youth Program will graduate from High School with a plan and a path to follow into adulthood. We are an all-inclusive organization with hopes to help every teen succeed through high school and beyond.

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Experiential Wilderness Education

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Females
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

Through the Experiential Wilderness Education Program, we offer numerous outdoor activities throughout the year.These events offer students the chance to go beyond their comfort zone and learn new skills in the way of environmental stewardship and safe outdoor recreation.

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Evidence of Program's Success

According to a study done by the Higher Education Research Institute of the University of California, service participation has significant positive effects on: academic performance, values, self-efficacy, leadership, choice of a service career, and plans to participate in service after college (Astin et al., 2000). The experiential wilderness program offers perhaps the most evidence-based benefits. It is widely known that exposure to nature and natural landscapes provides marked emotional, mental and physical benefits. In a 2015 study, researchers compared walks in an urban versus natural environment and found subjects to have decreased anxiety, rumination and negative effect, and preservation of positive effect, as well as cognitive benefits (increased working memory performance) (Bratman et al., 2015). In addition to our beneficial programs, we also have a no-cell phone policy for all of our activities, and actively seek ways to help teens unplug from technology and engage them in team building, social / emotional skills, and the natural world. By exposing youth to diverse activities, True North is supporting health and resiliency of teens who otherwise may not be exposed to such benefits.

Academic Tutoring and Support

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Females
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

Through the Academic Tutoring and Support Program, students can get assistance on anything from resume writing to practicing a second language with the volunteer tutors. There are also students who take it upon themselves to tutor and assist their peers. This program highlights the peer to peer mentoring system that is often times more beneficial for youth in educational scenarios. This program served over 50 youth, and is open to any high school age students needing academic support.

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Evidence of Program's Success

TN works with approximately 50 teens directly on a weekly basis throughout the year. Additionally, TN has interacted with and served over 150 students in the past year through larger community events like the Teen Summer Jobs Fair. True North serves not just students, but their parents as well, increasing the number of individuals served to more than 200. Parent engagement is crucial in order to provide complete wrap-around support for students.

Rising Stars Summer Bridge Program

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Females
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

The Rising Stars Summer Bridge Program consists of a series of activities throughout the summer before high to engage girls in creativity, healthy habits, career exploration and new friendships. This helps them to maintain their grades, build their resume with skills and service engagements, as well as job opportunities, and continue engaging in positive peer and adult relationships. Last summer this program served 12 girls.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Community Service Learning

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Females
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

True North Youth Program (TNYP) is the only organization in the San Miguel region which actively engages teens in community service and service-based learning activities on a year-round basis. Through the Five Pillar Programs, True North (TN) provides a wide range of targeted services for youth. Community Service Learning is often overlooked in today's educational system. In fact, Telluride and Nucla High Schools lack a service requirement for graduation so students are often applying to jobs or college without having performed any community service. TN offers students the chance to engage with their community and to give back through service learning projects year-round that teach teamwork, initiative and empathy.

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Evidence of Program's Success

"All of the True North activities they do along the way help to strengthen their resume so when the time comes to apply for scholarships, they are truly a well-rounded individual and a competitive candidate." - Daily Planet article

College, Career & Scholarship Prep

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Females
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

Through College, Career and Scholarship Prep,TN works with many first generation students and students of lower income by guiding them through the college application process and beyond. TN also assists the parents of participating students in filling out the FAFSA. TN teens have received over 1 million dollars in scholarships and financial aid since the start of the organization five years ago, many of those going towards first generation college students. At the end of fiscal year 2018, this program was serving 65 students across three schools. Our target population for this program is low-income, first generation students, but we offer our services to any Juniors and Seniors in Telluride, Norwood, and Nucla High Schools. Through the Teen Summer Jobs Fair, held annually, TN has helped over 75 local teens interview with over 30 local employers for summer jobs. We invite any and all teens in the area to attend the trainings and Jobs Fair.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Hailey: We worked with a Junior in Nucla on having her register and apply for a prestigious loan scholarship aimed at high achieving first generation students. Our staff edited multiple rounds of essays. In the meantime, this student also attended our Jobs Fair and secured a summer job at a restaurant in Telluride. She will have to commute a long way from her home in Nucla (an hour and 20 minutes) but her mother also does the same commute so she has this advantage of carpooling. We brought this student in on some of our out-of-school programming, including an equine activity where participants work with horses to identify boundaries that are getting in the way of achieving their goals. This student had previously perceived college as unattainable and had plans on going into the military. But with True North's support, we were able to shift her mind set, as well as coach her throughout the application process. She ended up being awarded the scholarship, and will have her entire tuition covered.

TN teens have received over 1 million dollars in scholarships and financial aid since the start of the organization five years ago, many of those going towards first generation college students.

Through the Teen Summer Jobs Fair, held annually, TN has helped over 75 local teens interview with over 30 local employers for summer jobs.

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