Programs for At-Risk Youth

It took four of us :)

It took four of us :)

A beautiful foggy morning

A beautiful foggy morning

Who doesn't like to pet moss?

Who doesn't like to pet moss?

Stream studies

Stream studies

Just relaxing

Just relaxing

Climbing the Ladder

Climbing the Ladder

Woah!!!

Woah!!!

Just amazing

Just amazing

Might get a little wet

Might get a little wet

Just a little bit of fun

Just a little bit of fun

Tree Huggers :)

Tree Huggers :)

Kids hike in the snowy mountains

Kids hike in the snowy mountains

Kids pose on the trail

Kids pose on the trail

Siler Bald

Siler Bald

Hike up to Siler Bald

Hike up to Siler Bald

Wild Lillies

Wild Lillies

Leaves changing at Yellow Mountain

Leaves changing at Yellow Mountain

Leaves changing at Yellow Mountain

Leaves changing at Yellow Mountain

Campers take a break on the trail

Campers take a break on the trail

Kids take a solo to contemplate

Kids take a solo to contemplate

A HUGE tree at Joyce Kilmer

A HUGE tree at Joyce Kilmer

View from Hwy 64

View from Hwy 64

View from the top

View from the top

A rare Trillium

A rare Trillium

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.