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ERIC Number: ED378017
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Adventure Based Interventions: The Case for Support.
Dunning, Chris
The Rank Foundation's director of youth projects for northern England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland presents personal views on at-risk youth and ways that adventure-based interventions can meet their needs. Young people today suffer from the constant bombardment of advertising campaigns promoting material consumerism as the criterion for success. There is little in young people's lives to help them question such messages or develop their own values and spirituality. The adventure-based experience contains an extremely strong spiritual component, not only in the outdoor element but also in the sharing of oneself with something or someone else. The varieties of agencies and professionals that work to help young people reach their potential must overcome their conflicts of interest and begin networking. Competition among agencies for work, sometimes trying to be all things to all people, does harm to public perceptions of such developmental programs. Three programs that demonstrate a flexible networking approach link urban and rural communities to the previously isolated outdoor-center experience, incorporate creative and performing arts to complement the experiential process in their work, and network with a range of agencies to provide followup opportunities. Over the years, the Rank Foundation has provided funding for various capital items of outdoor programs, for training of outdoor program staff and related community workers, and for long-term program and agency development. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom