In 2021, Pivot Adventure has (so far) received $80,000 in scholarship donations! This money is 100% used towards the cost of putting 66 teens through our 8-week resiliency training course. Typically, we work with counselors to find six teens at a time that all attend the same school. The goal is not only for teens to develop skills that will help them navigate life's challenges but to also make lifelong friends. It is a powerful experience what we do here at Pivot Adventure. Because of this, at this time, scholarships are only available through partnerships with local school districts and community organizations. For individuals that want to do the course, we offer five private pay classes throughout the year that just about anyone can sign up for. Your tuition helps subsidize the overhead costs associated with these activities and keeps the costs down for students on scholarships.
Your investment is helping transform how mental health is delivered to teens. We are so thankful for our sponsors and donors. All donations are tax-deductible and can be gifted in the form of cash, stock or in-kind contributions. A gift of any size makes an immediate impact in the lives of those who participate at the Pivot Adventure. Pivot Adventure is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, EIN 82-1755467. All contributions are tax-deductible. No goods or services will be provided in exchange for the contribution.
Would you save someone who is drowning?
More than half the teens in the US meet the criteria for a mental health disorder. Half! The number one cause of death for teens is now suicide. School districts in the area average more than one referral every other day to school counselors for suicidal behaviors. Do the math, there are 180 school days per year.
On top of all this, the mental health system is broken for teens. The typical talk therapy session is $100-$200 per 50 minutes. That is simply not enough time commitment to make a meaningful change. And it isn't an environment where teens feel like they can open up and share what is going on. The other alternatives include wilderness therapy and residential treatment which are over $50,000 to participate in. The medium family income in Utah is $71,000. That is 70% of the typical family income for just one of these options. It would be like taking a second mortgage. (If you have a minute check out 1A's discussion on the state of the industry.)
Youth today are losing the battle of stress and anxiety; they can’t do it on their own. Families are stuck, they are scared and are looking for answers. That is why we created Pivot Adventure. Pivot Adventure is an adventure-based mentorship course for teens. We specialize in helping teens overcome life's challenges through resiliency training. It's about discovering your passion, seeing the world as it really is and dancing with fear. Students participate in adventure activities once per week with a mixture of mental health professionals and outdoor specialists. Topics discussed are focused on improving their internal narrative (the story they tell themselves), identifying external conditions that get in the way and finally working through the conflicts of interest.
One bad chapter doesn't mean the story is over. Life is long (enough) to change the course for the next generation of youth. Every passing moment is a chance to turn it all around. That is why we are on a mission to provide growth opportunities for all teens regardless of what zip code they were born into. That is why we are flipping the industry on its head. (Read about the four things plaguing the teen mental health industry here.)
Of course, none of us would hesitate to jump in the pool to save someone who is drowning. That's is what we are looking for donors like you to jump in with us to save someone in need. We are counting on you. Is that something we can talk more about? Reach out to the email below or give us a call.