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Truly a Fountain of Youth

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or 5 Reasons to Stay Involved with Young People!
by Jim Grout, Executive Director, High 5 Adventure


I have long been proud of the fact that all of our program staff at High 5 still work with young people...yup, including me. I've been doing so for all of my entire career in adventure education which started in 1976. You see, you can't "graduate" out of working with young people at High 5, and that's no accident. There's a couple of reasons for that, none of which are the 5 mentioned in the subtitle above. Those 5 will come up later.

The biggest reason quite simply, is that young people keep you honest. You can't make things up and fool them because they see right through you and that's very humbling and good for the soul.

They also inform the work we do at every level. We can't be in the business of training teachers as adventure educators and be too far removed from the very people they are serving. Our adult trainings are strengthened by every youth program we conduct. As an education major in college, I could always determine very quickly which professors still had their feet in the world of the classroom from those that were living out the life of a professor shrouded in theory but lacking in reality. I pledged to myself then, I would never let that happen to me.

Last Spring I was presenting at a High 5 fundraising event and outlined the various audiences that we work with which include young people, adventure educators, police / military personnel, corporate audiences and professional athletes. I shared that in one 10 day period I worked with:

    a group of young people from 16 different countries,
    a middle school faculty group,
    a corporate executive team,
    and, the Boston Bruins NHL hockey team.

Not only did the learnings and insights from all of those groups inform one another and strengthen the quality of each program but they strengthened my skills as a facilitator. Additionally, every non youth program we conduct is viewed as an opportunity to further our mission by connecting a corporation as a supporter of our work with youth This could be in the form of a company like C & S Wholesale Grocers of Keene, NH funding a local school program or the Boston Bruins providing a spokesperson and the support of the Bruins Foundation for scholarship aid for the Edge of Leadership.

As Executive Director I admittedly don't do the amount of trainings I used to do in my full time trainer days; but I will never stop entirely and I will always cherish the moments that are spent with young people.

IMG_0632.jpgAs for those 5 Reasons to Stay Involved with Young People...it's simple, they are:
1) Landon 2.) Gretchen 3.) Chloe 4.) Zachary and 5.) Lisbeth

Position Announcement:
Development and Communications Manager
High 5 Adventure Learning Center is a non-profit educational organization recognized worldwide for its brand of adventure and experiential education.

Some of the world's most respected schools, colleges, sports teams, institutions and businesses turn to us for help to improve the way they live, learn and work together. Our Training and Team-Building, Professional Development and Certification, and Challenge Course Services are custom-designed to help our clients discover what's possible and expand their culture of internal leadership.

Beginning in 2013, High 5 established a set of ambitious growth goals and has met or exceeded those targets each year. With a $2.2 million annual budget and a staff of 20, High 5 is on track to continue rapid growth in all of its programs.

As our infrastructure grows, High 5 is establishing a new position of Development and Communications Manager to increase our external presence and build internal systems and capacity for contributed revenue. The Development and Communications Manager will work closely with High 5's Executive Director, Associate Executive Director, three program directors, and two-person administrative team, with the opportunity to help shape the position from the ground up. This is a full-time position, located at High 5's offices in Brattleboro, VT, with generous benefits.

A successful candidate will be a self-starter, able to keep projects on track and on time, with strong teamwork and communication skills to fit High 5's culture. The position requires the ability to think strategically about shaping the new development and marketing approaches, as well as the ability to implement tasks with attention to detail. Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director and Associate Executive Director, the Development and Communications Manager will be responsible to:
● Work with High 5's program and administrative staff to create smooth systems with integration and coordination of tasks relating to development and communications.
● Assist High 5 in developing and executing a year-round fundraising plan, including donor development, donor appeals, grant-writing, and preparations for a capital campaign.
● Support High 5's marketing and communications activities, and integrate them with development strategies.
● Assist in the planning and execution of special events.
● With the Executive Director, educate, and support Board members in developing a fundraising culture.

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to: hiring@high5adventure.org

Position Announcement:
Development and Communications Manager
High 5 Adventure Learning Center is a non-profit educational organization recognized worldwide for its brand of adventure and experiential education.

Some of the world's most respected schools, colleges, sports teams, institutions and businesses turn to us for help to improve the way they live, learn and work together. Our Training and Team-Building, Professional Development and Certification, and Challenge Course Services are custom-designed to help our clients discover what's possible and expand their culture of internal leadership.

Beginning in 2013, High 5 established a set of ambitious growth goals and has met or exceeded those targets each year. With a $2.2 million annual budget and a staff of 20, High 5 is on track to continue rapid growth in all of its programs.

As our infrastructure grows, High 5 is establishing a new position of Development and Communications Manager to increase our external presence and build internal systems and capacity for contributed revenue. The Development and Communications Manager will work closely with High 5's Executive Director, Associate Executive Director, three program directors, and two-person administrative team, with the opportunity to help shape the position from the ground up. This is a full-time position, located at High 5's offices in Brattleboro, VT, with generous benefits.

A successful candidate will be a self-starter, able to keep projects on track and on time, with strong teamwork and communication skills to fit High 5's culture. The position requires the ability to think strategically about shaping the new development and marketing approaches, as well as the ability to implement tasks with attention to detail. Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director and Associate Executive Director, the Development and Communications Manager will be responsible to:
● Work with High 5's program and administrative staff to create smooth systems with integration and coordination of tasks relating to development and communications.
● Assist High 5 in developing and executing a year-round fundraising plan, including donor development, donor appeals, grant-writing, and preparations for a capital campaign.
● Support High 5's marketing and communications activities, and integrate them with development strategies.
● Assist in the planning and execution of special events.
● With the Executive Director, educate, and support Board members in developing a fundraising culture.

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to: hiring@high5adventure.org

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From Training Team member Lisa Hunt:

When I hear "Champions" and "High 5" in the same sentence, my mind first goes to the Boston Bruins winning the Stanley Cup in 2011. However, I want to honor the history of High 5 and champions by putting the spotlight on another winning team- the Greenwich Girls Swim and Dive Team.

The team arrives at High 5's Brattleboro campus today for their annual start of season team retreat. They have been coming for more than 18 years. Trainers Lisa Hunt, Liz Moore and Ryan McCormick have the honor of spending the weekend with this winning team this year.

The Greenwich Girls Swim and Dive team were Connecticut State Champions last season, and are looking to defend their title. Their approach to winning is not from an individualist perspective but from a team orientation - no individual won an event. As reported by the Greenwich Time in fall of 2015:

Greenwich's recent victory at the girls State Open Championships perfectly illustrated that there's no substitute for depth in championship swimming/diving meets. The Cardinals captured their 11th State Open championship with an impressive team score of 581 points at Yale University and they did so without winning an event.

"To a certain degree, what was really neat about our win this year is that we had 22 swims without winning an event -- we were able to amass a lot of points because we had a lot of depth and everyone contributed," Cardinals coach Lorrie Hokayem said.

Indeed, for the Cardinals, it was truly a team win. "That was our goal," said Hokayem, who recently concluded her second year at the helm.

"At the beginning of the season, we said that our depth would have to shine through. Everyone knew that each swim counted every meet that we competed in."

High 5 Adventure is honored to partner with and support the Greenwich Girls Swim and Dive team once again.

Coach Hokayem summed things up when she wrote to us following her first trip to High 5 with the team back in September of 2014, "I feel like it would have taken me 6 weeks to get to know each of the girls as well as I know them now if we never went to Vermont."

Ready to bring your team of individuals together? High 5's team is ready to support you with:

• Customized programming.
• A proven track record.
• Sports, governmental, law enforcement, schools and corporate experience.
• A beautiful setting.
• Extraordinary customer service.
• And a whole bunch of heart!

Give us a call today to get your team scheduled! 802.254.8718 or 877.356.4445

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