Alaska Crossings is an intensive behavioral health program dedicated to helping youth learn and develop the skills they need to succeed. Alaska Crossings believes that combining therapeutic interventions with outdoor and expeditionary activities provides a powerful catalyst for engaging in the process of change. With this belief in mind we run 64 day programs for Alaskan youth ages 12-18. Throughout the duration of the program the groups run on an expedition model in the Tongass National Forest, the Stikine River, and the mountains in the surrounding areas. We teach our participants to canoe and hike as the vessel for change.
Alaska Crossings believes in helping youth make better, more disciplined daily behavioral choices as well as helping them identify, address and resolve some of the underlying psychological or emotional challenges that have contributed to previous choices or struggles. To accomplish this, vital importance is placed on developing a culture of positive and supportive relationships, providing care that is individualized to the unique needs of each participant, and maintaining physical and emotional safety throughout each activity and therapeutic intervention. The program seeks at all times to help youth improve their functioning day to day, and for that progress to be transferrable to their homes, schools and communities.
Our Mission Statement: Helping Youth Succeed
Alaska Crossings believes in the following Core Values:
Recognizing and enhancing strengths.
Providing individualized care.
Empowering families to create positive change.
Developing positive and supportive relationships.
Teaching essential life skills.
Embracing cultural diversity.
Learning by experience.
Using wilderness activity as a catalyst for change.