Cross-Country Explorer Expedition for Former Foster Youth
Educate Tomorrow, a local nonprofit organization in Miami has selected five students to participate in its first annual Elite Explorer Expedition August 15- August 22, 2013. Selected students will be led by CEO. Brett McNaught and Founder, Virginia Emmons McNaught on a journey through the southwestern United States and be given the opportunity to explore mountains, caves and waterways along with the cultural, political and spiritual landscapes of these magnificent regions.
"This is our organizations's most intense life skills course! Many of the students that have been selected have never left the State of Florida or Traveled on an airplane before. This is an incredible, life-changing opportunity for them and us," said Brett McNaught, CEO of Educate Tomorrow.
The geographical expedition will require students to sleep in tents and involve hiking, volunteer service, patience and a dedication to learning. They will experience our Nation's national treasures, including: The Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Arches National Park and The Rocky Mountains and much more!
The five students selected are all former foster youth who have aged out of the dependency system and are currently enrolled in college. They are between 18-24 years old have been a part of Educate Tomorrow for a minimum of three months, and have a consistent track record toward educational improvement. Educate Tomorrow's summer internship program offered 9 Educate Tomorrow participants the opportunity to work in a paid internship 10-15 hours per week for 7 weeks this summer. The internship focused on building Educate Tomorrow's capacity to serve more students while providing interns with real job experience. The third goal was to build a stronger bond between Educate Tomorrow participants , staff and volunteer mentors.
Educate Tomorrow is meeting a crucial need in Miami and has been recognized nationally for its design of an innovative model program. In 2010, The White House recognized Educate Tomorrow as a top 25 "Program of Promise" during National Mentoring month. On March 8th, the prestigious College Board, Advocacy & Policy Center named Educate Tomorrow the 2013 Innovation Award winner for the Southern Region of the United States for the category of preparing students for "Getting In" to college.