• Did you know?

    The #1 cause of death for teens is suicide.

    Teens today are struggling. Out of the 42 million teens in the US researchers with the National Institutes of Mental Health have found that half of them meet the criteria for a mental disorder. In addition, the rates of suicide have steadily been increasing over the last several decades. Today it is now the number one cause of death for teens. What is going on and what can we do in this growing mental health crisis?

     

    Traditional mental health systems are not set up for teens:

    Problem #1

    Therapy is not voluntary and

    the use of deficit-based models

    Teens are often forced to meet with a therapist. Teens are not enrolled in the process. To make things worst, therapists use what is called a deficit-based model where they are forced to make a diagnosis for their patients.

    Problem #2

    Therapy is expensive

    Insurances do not cover mental health. The typical therapy session runs $100-$200 per 50-minute session. After that, the options available dwindle while prices begin to skyrocket. The typical wilderness therapy or residential treatment program costs over $50,000 (over $500 per day) for 3 months of work.

    Problem #3

    No time commitment

    50-minutes per week is simply not enough time to make a deep, everlasting change. You need practice. To improve life one must improve the quality of experiences.

    Pivot Adventure Solution #1

    Enrollment and strength-based approach

    The key to learning is enrollment. When we are enrolled in the journey, then we are opening the door of the possibility of change. That's is why everyone applies to get in, even the students. Pivot Adventure is a voluntary experience. We don't care about your resume or the choice that has lead families here.

    Pivot Adventure Solution #2

    Scholarship based

    The majority of our applicants are on scholarships. Pivot Adventure uses a combination of donations and private pay in order to keep costs down.

    Pivot Adventure Solution #3

    Commitment to forward motion

    Students on average spend 4.5 hours per week with guides. Guides are a combination of recreation therapists, social workers, outdoor specialists and volunteers. Parents spend an additional hour with the guides on parent webinarsl.

  • How do we help?

    Pivot Adventure is not counseling. It's not a punishment. It's not grownups telling you how to live your life. Pivot Adventure is a community. A second family. An opportunity to be seen, to be heard, to become your best self. It's a process to change your posture. "People like us do stuff like this." Students participate in one adventure activity per week around their school schedule. No need to be taken out of school or take out a second mortgage to participate.

    DOWNHILL & CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

    HIKING & SNOWSHOEING

     

     

    OUTDOOR & INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING

    MOUNTAIN BIKING

  • "Josh has extensive experience working with troubled, challenged, and at-risk young people and has had remarkable success with many of those youth, helping them from dark, dangerous, or dead-end conditions to places where they take control and responsibility for themselves and their actions."

    - Bart H.

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    "The kind of people you want in your life, professionally and personally...my time with them is always uplifting, positive and inspiring."

    - Lauren J.

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    "The young man had no interest in doing this hike, but after the hike, the boy felt proud for what he had accomplished. This was a complete change in attitude for this particular young man."

    - Ben L.

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    "Excellent guides...They taught me proper techniques and gave me feedback on how to ride safely. Most of all they were patient and encouraging. My confidence and skill level increased throughout the ride so that by the end I felt comfortable navigating obstacles on my own."

    - Carma E.

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    "Down to earth and honest people, great at what they do."

    - Makayla H.

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    "Amazing people who are passionate about helping others to reach toward their full potential."

    - Brady B.

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    "Making such a difference in people's lives!"

    - Hyrum L.

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    "They truly care about helping others and responded to all my requests quickly. I highly recommend them!"

    - Brendan H.

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    "Insistent and non-compromising with safety. Josh will take young people to their personal limits without exposing them to danger. Pivot Adventure Co. is a cutting-edge, superbly researched course staffed by experienced individuals who can truly make a positive change in the lives of our up-and-coming generation."

    - Bart H.

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    "Best kind of people...very sincere in their desire to help the community one client at a time."

    - Andy T.

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    "I've had experience in the past working in youth therapy programs and understand how valuable but also expensive they can be. What Josh and Katie are doing with Pivot is awesome. They bring years of combined adventure/therapeutic experience to create a safe, professional and affordable program."

    - Chris C.

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