During the summer of 2011, 20 Trekkers sophomores and five adult mentors will travel to Oregon, Washington and California as part of Trekkers Cross-America program. Trekkers is a non-profit, outdoor-based youth mentoring organization that connects caring adults with young people, and its Cross-America program seeks to introduce students to a unique bio-region of the United States. From July 28 through Aug. 12, 2011, the students and mentors will have the opportunity to explore the Redwoods, rainforests, volcanoes, crater lakes, oceans, sand dunes and native cultures of the Pacific Northwest region.

As with every Trekkers program, the tenth-graders are meeting throughout the school year to incorporate the following components into their expedition plan: adventure-based education, cultural and environmental awareness, wilderness exploration, and community service. While they have yet to finalize the itinerary, previous Cross-America students have gone spelunking in Mount St. Helens and kayaked in Willapa Bay in Washington state, visited with the Hoopa Valley Indian tribe in northern California, and assisted disabled adults with home maintenance in Portland, Ore.

In addition to the expedition, the Cross-America program also includes professional development training for the sophomores this spring. The Life Skills and Leadership course is designed to promote the students’ knowledge and confidence in presenting themselves professionally to a prospective employer. The students will review interview etiquette, create a web page detailing their interests and aspirations, and participate in a professional mock-interview with a local business employer within the community.

If you would like more information about Trekkers, please call 594-5095 or visit the website at www.trekkersonline.com.