About the Program

Helping At-Risk Youth Achieve Success

Take a Hike is a full-time alternative education program that engages at-risk youth through a unique combination of adventure-based learning, academics, therapy, and community involvement. Take a Hike empowers at-risk youth with the tools to forge their own path and achieve success in school and in their lives.

Not every student fits into the mainstream school system. Students in the Take a Hike program often struggle with issues that have inhibited their success such as drug and alcohol addiction, physical and mental abuse, criminal activity, low self-esteem, depression, and/or trauma. 

The goals of the Take a Hike alternative education program are to minimize barriers to learning, address personal issues, and help students achieve a greater level of social and academic success.

About Our Model

Milestones & Achievements

Mentorship Program

Often our students lack positive adult role models outside the Take a Hike classroom. In 2011, a mentorship program was established, matching grade 12 and alumni Take a Hike students with dynamic, passionate leaders who share their interests and can support them in setting and working towards their educational and professional goals.


Take a Hike is grateful for the 100+ volunteers that make our programs and events possible each year. They include: community engagement committee members, directors, knowledge philanthropists, tutors, event planners, mentors, outdoor volunteers and more.

Scholarship Program

Through generous donations, the Take a Hike Foundation has established scholarships for graduates of the Take a Hike Program in pursuit of post-secondary education. Recipients will have demonstrated leadership skills, shown personal growth both inside and outside the classroom, and have an interest and keen desire to pursue a particular program.

Since 2008, over $125,000 in scholar¬ship funds have been distributed.