Over the course of almost two decades the Take a Hike program has supported hundreds of youth to transform their lives.
At Take a Hike, students go through a process of gaining self-understanding and come to see the need for personal change. This leads to incredible growth:
Students are re-engaged in school and community. Most students double their pre-program school attendance levels, and students spend 60 hours per year volunteering at a local organization.
On average, 88% of Take a Hike students graduate from high school. In 2019 the number was as high as 97%, compared with provincial graduation rates of 84%.
Students develop social and emotional skills, and improve physical and mental well-being. This supports youth to overcome barriers to personal and academic success, and become resilient individuals who can navigate the challenges of young adulthood.
Our alumni success stories show the lasting impact of these skills and experiences well beyond graduation.
Take a Hike started in Vancouver in 2000, and over the course of almost two decades the program has helped hundreds of students and their families transform their lives.
Because of our students' success, we set an ambitious ten-year vision of scaling this proven and successful approach to alternate education so every school district in British Columbia with a need, desire and capacity can access the program. Find out more about our scaling strategy here.
Take a Hike Foundation works in partnership with local school districts and communities to offer the program. School districts provide everything they would normally provide for an alternate program and the Foundation layers in elements beyond what can be provided by the public education system. Communities build awareness, provide volunteers essential to program operations, and raise funds on a best-effort basis. Find out more about the new program development process here.
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