Friday, July 11, 2008

Leaving the Comfortable Bedchambers of Your Mind

Principal and leadership candidates from the state of Texas (and a group calling themselves Raise Your Hand Texas) share their comments, reflections and how they transferred their learning from the Harvard Principals day at Project Adventure in Beverly MA.

These are some comments by Cindy Mika:

"Today was a fabulous day spent at Project Adventure located in Beverly, MA. The name is apropos as it was truly an adventure. Yesterday with Bob Kegan we were continuously told to leave the "comfortable bedchambers of our minds" and today I can say I truly left that and every comfort zone I have.

I think that is what made it such a great day! I can truly say I learned to trust my teammates today as we were challenged to go up on the high wire with a belay team below to hold our rope if we fell off (when we fell off is more like it!).

The high challenge course I went on was one in which we went up with a partner, each of us standing on our own wire parallel to each other. As we traversed further from the pole using each other to steady ourselves, the wires slowly got wider apart! We definitely had to trust the guy we were up there with!

Over and over the different challenges we faced today challenged me mentally, emotionally, and physically. Today I experienced continuous improvement, trust, thinking outside the box, and much more.

I truly appreciate the opportunity to participate in this wonderful event! Thank you for the chance to fulfill a life's dream and study at Harvard".

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Biking and Adventure - 20th Annual Covington Century

Join in the fun for a great cause - Project Adventure Kids!

Last year's ride drew of 800 participants!

And one of the best components is that the youth of Project Adventure Kids volunteer and work hard to accomodate the riders and make the event a success. Proceeds go toward supporting the academic, social and emotional development and independent living skills.

Project Adventure Kids, a divison of Project Adventure, Inc. is a non-profit organization located on a 130-acre campus in Covington that works as a residential program for displaced and homeless Georgia youth. Last year, it worked with over 950 kids. The program combines adventure, academics and counseling in a fundamental group environment that helps neglected and at risk youth overcome the barriers they encounter in life. Over 100 students are currently enrolled in a variety of community based and residential programs in Covington. These programs maintain an 83 percent success rate, which is 23 percent better than the national standard for these youth.

PRE REGISTER BY JULY 15 & You're automatically entered to win eyewear from Tifosi Optics. Approximate chance of winning, 1 in 15.

Metro Atlanta's Fastest & Flattest Charity Century!Mileage options of 30, 50, 80 & 100

Spaghetti Supper for all riders

An Atlanta summer classic gets a makeover - while the ride still benefits Project Adventure Kids, a foster home & school, it's now run by cyclists for cyclists.

Changes include:** Performance micro-fiber t-shirt** Pre-ride Packet Pick Up at Local Bike Shops** Up Front Preferred Parking for Donors to PA Kids** Team Pavilion near registration, for teams to gather & recruit** Bigger, shadier rest stops with P&J and porta-potties @ ea. stop
7am Registration, 8am Group Start with 1.5 mile

Lead Out by Project Adventure Kids Cycling Team, teamAdventure

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Harvard Principals' Center Summer Institute at Project Adventure

World-wide school leadership!

For the past 10 years, over 200 principals and principal candidates from across the world come to Project Adventure's headquarters to kick off their 7-day intensive experience. This year's first session of 150 participants joined us on July 1 to explore - The Art of Leadership.

Maurie, Principal of Opotiki College, a secondary school in Okpotki, New Zealand shares his reflections on his blog.

"Today we were up at 5.45 to get to the bus by 7.00 for the drive out to Project Adventure. We didn't get away until 8.30!!!! but what a great day. We worked in our discussion groups, got to know each other much better. The highlight was completing the high ropes activity with my partner Silvio who has led a remarkable life. It was awesome, also, to see other group members either completing the high ropes or assisting others to do so. Our facilitator there, Angel, did a great job and we now know a lot more about each other".

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Carol White PEP Grant 2008 Announcements

Congratulations to the winners of the 2008 Carol White PEP Grants. Project Adventure is again proud to be included in several winning applications.

Is your school, district or agency a PEP grant winner? Call us asap to get started.

Looking forward to the 2009 PEP Grant Application? Stay tuned for announcements on tips for preparing!