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How can I inspire my child to go on your program?

It is not uncommon for a parent/guardian to see and understand the inherent need for our young people to be initiated into a healthy and meaningful adult life but sometime it is hard for the young to capture this point. The best advice we can give you...

It is not uncommon for a parent/guardian to see and understand the inherent need for our young people to be initiated into a healthy and meaningful adult life but sometime it is hard for the young to capture this point.

The best advice we can give you is to talk to your child. Tell them what the program means to you and tell them about your own rite of passage (which may have been mundane and unsupported by your community or an event that was truly unique to your personality and life-experience). Next, ask them questions about their concerns and fears. Followed by the opportunity to express any excitements that they DO have about embarking on an adventure with us.

If your child is still on the border about participating after you sit down to talk contact Journeys so that we may put you in touch with a Program Mentor (this is what we call our field staff). Our mentors are fun and passionate about this work; they have plenty of real stories from the field that may excite your child and to help address concerns or fill in the gaps.

All that said, we do believe that when a child is ‘ready,’ it is already to late. Moving into a new stage of life is a big task and can seem daunting and frightening – and this is exactly what our programs are asking of the child. On top of that saying goodbye to friends, family, technology, and comforts for one to three weeks can be a hard goodbye! Stick with your child as they debate the program; sometimes it just takes some getting used to. 

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