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.