Last Thursday at the partnership meeting of the Coalition for Placer Youth in the Rocklin Police Department Community Room, Mike Pugh, founder of Above All Adventures, headquartered in Auburn, introduced this new non-profit to give teens experiences in leadership and teambuilding through experiential seminars and instructive outdoor adventures.
“I was a confused kid,” Pugh said pointing to a picture of himself as a teenager, “And it wasn’t until much later in life that I learned that my potential was greater than my self image as a teenager. I got caught up in risky choices because I believed that everyone else knew what they were meant to do, and I was the only one who didn’t know. What I did didn’t really matter.”
Today instructive adventures and experiential seminars are Pugh’s response to the youth at risk of using drug and alcohol to cope with adolescent challenges. In the social network, this sense of isolation and being the only one who hasn’t realized their own potential and purpose is intensified, and the drug and alcohol culture is glorified in the cyber-social realms. Risky conduct can seem so normal and inspire intense anxiety among adolescents, who are starting to use alcohol and drugs as early as 13 years old, according to CPY local data.
There is an ancient Chinese proverb that goes something like this:
- I hear and I forget
- I see and I remember
- I do and I understand
This truth explains why cyber connectivity is so compelling for youth; they are natural learners in charge of the doing – the technology engages them in ways that captivate the heart and mind. The question is, to what end?
Pugh founded Above All Adventures to help teens experience their potential through experiences designed for self reflection, to clarify their values, and develop their own leadership and decision-making skills. “We give the youth a chance to experience how the universe provides evidence for what you believe,” Pugh said, “Our young need to understand that if you want something, it is available to you; the planet has the resources to support their dreams. They need to ask the child within to help change their thought pattern which attracts what they want.”
Above All Adventures activities include outdoor events like a ropes course and snowboarding events, as well as seminar, training and career experiences that involve a mentoring program to give youth the opportunity to ask for help from the community. Pugh’s non-profit offers a compelling program concept for youth to gain personal insights from multi-dimensional experiences that inspire deep thinking and realization of the desires and designs placed in their heart.
To learn more about Above All Adventures and make a donation, go to: Above All Adventures.