Polaris' Adventure Mentor project works in collaboration with you to fully achieve your organization's mission.
Our innovative approach to developing leadership, commu-nication, and relationship skills produces ongoing and meaningful results.
Polaris Education & Guidance, Inc. is dedicated to creating life affirming educational experiences. Since 1994, Polaris' professional staff have worked to provide consulting, training, and direct services to "at risk" youth programs.
AM’s relationship building training draws attention to the critical elements that go into creating rich, rewarding, interpersonal connections between individuals. AM recognizes that mentoring relationships have the potential power to nurture and change the lives of all those involved.
Relationship Building elements include:
AM recognizes the importance of the individual with respect to being a part of a powerful life-affirming relationship. To this end, AM’s programs focus attention on changing one’s personal expectations of what is possible. AM works to strengthen the personal skills of everyone involved in the programs.
Personal Self elements include:
Polaris' Adventure Mentor (AM) is a team of professional educators, therapists, and outdoor guides, dedicated to providing a fun and constructive mentoring development curriculum. Our unique approach draws on extensive, hands-on experience with youth resiliency.
|AM's comprehensive program addresses key growth areas that serve to strengthen one’s ability to engage in meaningful relation- ships between youth and adults.|
These growth areas include Leadership, Communication, Relationship Building, Personal Self, and the Experiential Environment.
AM’s communication development training is designed to foster and enrich the connection between individuals and to explore the art of interacting.Communication Development elements include:
Recognizing the ability of adults to connect with youth and of youth to connect to adults
|AM acknowledges the impact that place and surroundings have on individuals and their experiences with themselves and their lives.AM is dedicated to using the natural environment in conjunction with participants’ daily environment to create experiences that are:|
POLARIS MENTOR - Basic Principles
POLARIS MENTOR MODEL
Youth are not broken and in need of fix. Each has within them the capacity for healthy and optimal life experience. Often the very traits which may have led to problems are underlying strengths with positive intentions at their core.
Learning & positively applying one's resources- with the support of a caring adult relationship- is the fundamental curriculum of a mentor - mentee relationship.
This assumption of innate potential and attraction to "a successful & healthy life" is at the heart of the Polaris resiliency model. The significance of a decent caring adult in a youth's life is easy to accept, and appears to be overwhelmingly supported by decades of resiliency research. TRUST is a fundamental principle upon which this relationship is developed. Polaris believes in supporting this relationship; through training in skill and personal development for mentors, as well as providing shared opportunities for life affirming experiences through adventure based curriculum . This stated, we acknowledge that NO amount of professional training can make an adult worthy of the trust of a youth, or capable of generating it. This ability, this relationship potential, is prior to technique, to theory, to technical knowledge.
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