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Need and Research

Cave exploration

It seems like every gen­er­a­tion of par­ents looks at the younger gen­er­a­tion of kids and pro­nounces that “the kids today aren’t the same as the kids when we were grow­ing up.” That state­ment will almost always be true as our soci­ety evolves. In this age of elec­tronic tech­nol­ogy and faster paced everything, life styles are def­i­nitely chang­ing rapidly. How­ever, there are age-​​old val­ues that every gen­er­a­tion still deems impor­tant, such as compassion/​service to oth­ers, pre­serv­ing our planet, phys­i­cal and men­tal fit­ness, sup­port­ive fam­ily units, the abil­ity to work with oth­ers, and a solid, pos­i­tive image of one’s self.

A pos­i­tive self-​​image is the key to suc­cess in so many areas such as academics, socialization with peers, behav­iors, fam­ily and work. Injec­tions of self-​​esteem must con­tinue through­out every person’s life­time and espe­cially dur­ing the devel­op­men­tal years of adolescence.

Lately, a great deal of research focus­ing on the needs of youth point out key areas that must be addressed: young peo­ple want to belong to a worth­while orga­ni­za­tion with their peers; young peo­ple need pos­i­tive activ­i­ties to do in their com­mu­ni­ties out­side of school; many youth are will­ing to help oth­ers, they just need to be asked; youth need to believe that they are impor­tant; young peo­ple need pos­i­tive role mod­els as men­tors; and fam­i­lies need to do more things together and sup­port each other.

The Amer­i­can Adven­ture Ser­vice Corps offers young peo­ple an incred­i­ble multi-​​year oppor­tu­nity to meet many of their needs. A youth orga­ni­za­tion has to be per­ceived as “cool” or the kids will even­tu­ally drop out, espe­cially as they begin dri­ving and dat­ing. The Amer­i­can Adven­ture Ser­vice Corps is viewed as a cool orga­ni­za­tion to be a mem­ber of due to the co-​​ed design, no uni­forms, fresh and inter­est­ing trips and pro­grams, and con­tin­u­ous new chal­lenges and skills to be mas­tered. The Amer­i­can Adven­ture Ser­vice Corps pro­vides a dynamic, excit­ing, and safe club atmos­phere where kids expe­ri­ence a sense of belong­ing with their peers on adven­tur­ous expe­di­tions and mean­ing­ful ser­vice projects, which can last from age 8 to 18 and beyond.