Today's Lesson: Looking Upward For Answers
Water Bottles

Expedition Survival Tip

This may come as a bit of a surprise, but there are no showers in the Great Outdoors. Our advice: when possible stay upwind of others.

Measurement

BCM Mentors spent over 40,000 hours in the field in 2014. These volunteers are demonstrating what we like to call the “power of one” – the potential for one individual to help, to heal, to support, to challenge, and to change, for the better, the life of a young person.

BCM takes the measurement of the impact of our programs seriously, and we gauge our effectiveness using the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets Profile.

The Search Institute has identified 40 building blocks of healthy development – known as Developmental Assets – that help young people grow up to be healthy, caring, and responsible adults. Assets are powerful influences on adolescent behavior: regardless of gender, ethnic heritage, economic situation, or geographic location, these assets promote positive behaviors and attitudes that help protect young people from many different problem behaviors.

Data collected from Search Institute surveys of more than 4 million youth has consistently demonstrated that the more Developmental Assets young people acquire, the better their chances of succeeding in school and becoming happy, healthy, and contributing members of their communities.

The effects of our programming are profound when it comes to the reducing the likeliness of our students using alcohol and illicit drugs, and engaging in violent behavior.

For more information on measuring the effectiveness of our programs, please click on one of the links below to download a full report.