Impact

For over 25 years, Trekkers has provided positive relationships and experiences for young people to develop into thriving adults. With PEAR (Partnerships in Education and Resilience) as an external evaluator, we measure student impact across three categories.

 

For over 25 years, Trekkers has provided positive relationships and experiences for young people to develop into thriving adults. In partnership with The Pear Institute, an external evaluator, we measure our impact across three categories: Aspirations, Resilience, and Relationships.

 

“[After completing Trekkers, I take with me] a real sense of self and a confidence for who I am and want to be.”

12th Grader

 

In 2020-2021:

  • 90% of Trekkers students reported improved critical thinking skills
  • 6 in 7 students had higher interest in learning
  • 100% of Trekkers students graduated high school
“[After completing Trekkers, I take with me] a real sense of self and a confidence for who I am and want to be.”
12th Grader

“The overall Trekkers experience has prepared me for life because it’s made me realize how to deal with certain emotions and challenges and really made me a better and more open-minded girl.”

12th Grader

 

  • 90% of Trekkers students were more action-oriented
  • 90% had more empathy toward others
  • 90% were more assertive than before Trekkers
  • 83% were better able to reflect
  • 80% were more able to persevere through challenges

“With Trekkers, I’ve hiked mountains, explored cities, walked through lava tubes, sat for hours on a bus talking to people, cooked my own meals, and have been asked to challenge myself and to answer the questions no one has asked me before.”

12th Grader

 

 

 

 

  • 90% of students had improved relationships with peers and adults

“[We used consensus-based decision-making] to plan our trip. It included everyone in the decision. We were able to hear everyone’s voice.” 

8th Grader

Stats above represent the 2020-2021 program year, updated October 2021. Permission to use the Holistic Student Assessment (HSA) was obtained from PEAR.

What Students Say

How We Approach Our Work

RESEARCH

Trekkers is committed to continually evaluating success, methods, opportunities to better serve our students, and staying on top of trends within our communities and beyond. Read more about how the pandemic impacts young people.

PARTNERSHIPS

Our education, business, and nonprofit partners exist in our communities and across the state and the country. These partners act as collaborators towards a shared goal – enabling all young people the opportunity to thrive. Reach out to us if you are interested in becoming a partner!

PROGRAMS

Our programs run from seventh grade through twelfth grade, as students go through adolescence and transition into adulthood. Learn more about how we engage, guide, and support students through our programs.

MODEL

Based on 25 years of programming success, our Ten Programming Principles are designed to be applied at other youth-serving organizations. Read more about opportunities and consulting services offered through the Trekkers Training Institute.

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