Summer Programs For At Risk Youth

Summer Programs for At Risk Youth

It’s finally the summer!! Everyone should be out celebrating, planning summer get togethers, and kids should be mapping out how they will studiously ignore their summer school work.

But for some the summer is filled with dread and anxiety because for some their teen’s attitude and home life can be less than ideal. For some, without the structure of school that can mean more altercations with friends and family and it can mean teens heading further down dangerous paths. But that doesn’t have to be the case because Wediko and Summit Achievements have summer programs for at risk youth.

Today we will outline these two summer camp programs and provide information on what type of youths would be best served in programs like these. Thanks to Struggling Teens for the heads up regarding these programs!

Wediko Summer Program (New Hampshire)

The Wediko Summer program is open to families that have children between the ages of nine and nineteen and on the program’s website it says that their camp is best suited for boys and girls who need an environment where they can not only work on things they find challenging but also strengthen what they do well.

The Wediko summer camp runs for 45 days or roughly a month and a half. Wediko’s summer program is an “outdoor, therapeutic” one according to the website and during the day teens will complete summer learning initiatives, group and individualized therapy sessions, as well as outdoor activities.

For more information on this camp and to sample a daily itinerary head on over to Wediko.

Summit Achievement (Maine)

Summit Achievement, like Wediko, is an outdoor therapeutic program, but this one is aimed at boys and girls aged thirteen to nineteen. According to the program’s website those best suited for the rigors of this program are those who are “experiencing difficulty within their family, school, and/or personal lives.”

This program bolsters a unique therapeutic approach that combines impactful adventure activities that one typically finds in wilderness programs with a strong academic program and intensive family therapy that one typically associates with boarding school programs.

For those seeking more information on the program, its technique, the admissions process, we invite you to head on over to Summit Achievement.

Who Should Apply?

Those that would benefit the most from intensive programs such as these include those with:

  1. Low self-esteem
  2. Substance use/abuse issues
  3. Those who are anti-social
  4. Those who can’t take responsibility for actions
  5. Academic underachievers

Why would these people benefit?

Being away from home forces children in the program to focus on their behaviors and therapies:  Too often therapy at home can be derailed because of constant distractions that might force children to miss therapy sessions or these distractions can keep children from changing their behaviors. These programs implement activities that are aimed at helping children unlearn problematic behavior and force them to face their problems head on without the distractions of parents, friends, or other outside influences.

The programs allow for academic credits to be transferred over: The inclusion of academic classes throughout allow for students to transfer academic work over to their institution. Oftentimes parents fear sending their children to these long programs because they believe they cause a disruption in their children’s academic work and jeopardize their standing. But because these programs include academic classes that needn’t be a worry.

Forces teens to take responsibility: As teens progress in these programs, they may be asked to take leadership roles that force them to take and get used to taking responsibility. By forcing these teens to help newer students get acquainted to the program, these teens practice taking responsibility in controlled settings. In these controlled settings they can build confidence and be more comfortable taking responsibility when they get home.


About Shannon Hutchins

Hey! Shannon is a customer service representative, a social media team member and blogger for The Knowledge Roundtable. Shannon came to the company late in 2014 and holds a BA in Media Studies from Colby-Sawyer College. While Shannon was completing her degree she wrote for, and eventually became editor of her collegiate newspaper, The Courier. For The Courier she mainly wrote about breaking college news as well as about local sports teams. She is a former tutor herself who believes in the advancement of knowledge for all and is studying to take the LSAT’s in hopes of going on and obtaining her JD.