Programs for At-Risk Youth
Pacesetters provides outdoor programming for at-risk youth in the region that focuses on interpersonal skill development, adventure and teamwork. These programs are funded by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and span Cherokee, Clay, Macon, Graham, and Swain counties.
Pacesetters offers court-involved youth the opportunity to attend field trips that enable students to test their limits and build their confidence through a series of adventures like wilderness hikes, climbing, and other outdoor activities. By intervening with these young people in positive, empowering ways, Pacesetters programming contributes to a brighter future for our region.
Our educators provide programming for students in each county to offer a different educational approach to students who have had trouble succeeding in traditional schools. These programs emphasize pro-social behaviors like compassion, trust, positive communication, interpersonal awareness, anger management, and conflict resolution. Through the use of a variety of fun initiatives and in a variety of settings, our educators help empower students to become more aware, resilient, and responsible members of society.