Wild Whitewater on the Gallatin!

Welcome Back!

Last week all of our Crux participants ventured into the iconic Gallatin Canyon for a rafting trip with Montana Whitewater. As the days grow hotter, the cool river offered relief and excitement for each of our groups.

Juniors

Though many of our participants have rafted the Gallatin River with BYEP before, the experience continuously offers us new perspectives on our interactions with ourselves and the world around us. After participants battled a powerful river together, they were asked to take a few moments alone to observe and connect with the river on a personal level. With watercolors and a blank canvas as their tools, they set out to understand how the river connects them to themselves and each other. As BYEP strives to facilitate success in each and every participant, we believe that each of them is similar to the beginning of a piece of art, a soft outline or guiding sketches  certainly capable of exploding brilliantly over the entire canvas of their lives and our community.

Seniors

As the 12th grade participants move into the final weeks of their last summer, they also revisited the Gallatin River for one last run through the Mad Mile. As seasoned veterans, there were no surprises in regards to the river, however there was an abundance of laughs and smiles. 

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After our morning on the river, we explored our own self-esteem and self-worth through creative writing. In todays world, it can certainly be intimidating to pursue the future. Program Managers Kayla and Robin created and engaged with participants to explore the topic further by constructing a journal that would help participants think about themselves in alternative ways and promote each participants' self-worth and self-esteem. Following is a list of questions used as prompts for BYEP'ers. If you are interested in connecting with your child's experience at BYEP, please take a second to answer these questions for yourself, and perhaps explore the questions with your teen as well.

  • When outside, I love when…

  • When outside, I struggle when…

  • Nature has made me believe that…

  • Sometimes I wish I could…

  • The thing I fear most is…

  • I feel my future is…

  • I get angry when…

  • I thrive when…

  • I secretly enjoy…

  • I don’t like to admit…

  • I feel the most empowered in nature when...

  • My loved ones are proud of me because...

  • My best quality is...

  • 3 things that make me unique are...

  • In nature, I feel strongest when...

  • In nature, I feel best about myself when...

  • My greatest accomplishment of the outdoors is...

  • The 3 things I love most about my life are…

New Team Member!

As many of you are aware, our beloved Kayla is leaving after this summer session to pursue her dream of becoming a therapist. Kayla has graced BYEP with her presence, intelligence, and enormous heart for almost four years, and has left an imprint on our community that could never be replaced, however we are beyond excited to see her grow and follow her dreams.

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Emma!

 

Our new Crux PM

As Kayla transitions out, our new Program Manager Emma is extremely excited to begin her BYEP journey. The BYEP team would like to offer our sincerest welcome to Emma, and from there I will let her introduce herself!

"Hello, I’m Emma. I’ve been a student for the majority of my life. I enjoy climbing rocks in beautiful places. I like molding clay into altered forms on a wheel. I like to explore. I like to write. And I too, know the challenges of being in high school.

When I was in high-school and caught in depression, I was fortunate to have mentors in my life who steered me toward climbing, snowboarding, and art and away from the risks that I was falling into. I realized the importance of mentorship and experiential education to help overcome life’s challenges, so I began pursuing opportunities where I could become a mentor to others. In my professional career so far, I have established and developed safe, reliable, and fun environments that support at-risk youth and young-adult communities.

In college, I pursued professional writing and education. I also sought outdoor education with the Professional Climbing Guides Institute and the American Mountain Guides Association so I could professionally share the transformative power of climbing and the outdoors. I worked and volunteered for the organizations Outdoor Outreach and Aztec Adventures, and learned how to develop sustainable programs for kids who just need a safe and empowering community to see how awesome they really are. 

BYEP’s mission directly aligns with mine—to empower youth to become confident adults, but I don’t want to just tell you that I care about your kids and that I want to make a positive impact in their lives. Let me show you."

Logistics

This Sunday, July 29th, will be our annual summer family BBQ. From 4:00pm to 6:00pm please join us at Bogart Park with all of your family members. BYEP will provide food and drink for all that attend.

The 12th grade overnight rafting trip has been cancelled due to lack of waiver completion. The Seniors will still participate in a closing activity and ceremony during their last week of summer programming. If you have any questions regarding the BBQ, rafting trips, or any other miscellaneous items, please reach out to Greg (greg@byep.org) or Katie (katie@byep.org), and enjoy the remaining days of summer!

 

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