ADVENTURES IN LEADERSHIP WITH CAPE ANN REGION STUDENTS
Project Adventure Hosts Retreat For Future Community Leaders
BEVERLY, Mass., May 19, 2017
In partnership with the Healthy Gloucester Collaborative, DanversCARES, and Social Capital, Inc., Project Adventure hosted a youth leadership summit on May 19, 2017 that incorporated students from Beverly, Danvers, and Gloucester high schools and represented community organizations like Gloucester Youth Council, Gloucester YMCA, Cape Ann YMCA, and the Beverly Youth Substance Council. Funding through the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative grant allowed students the opportunity to test their leadership skills at Project Adventure. Through team challenges and the navigation of low ropes course obstacles, students strategized and collaboratively practiced ways they can bring a positive influence to their schools and communities.
While this was a culminating event, the youth from the North Shore area have been working together throughout the year to share ideas and build connections with their peers who are also making healthy choices. Jeff Glover, the Youth and College Program Director at Project Adventure remarked that, “Hosting this event gave high school leaders a chance to connect in a meaningful way with other peer leaders and build positive relationships through adventure and we look forward to future collaboration with this group.”
Building healthy communities starts with inspiring youth leaders. Project Adventure firmly believes in helping students learn about themselves through experience so they can take their learning back and positively influence the lives of their peers and mentor future leaders. It isn’t about leaving a program behind; it is about instilling young leaders with the skills to continue the good work that was started.