High Flight | Family Outdoor Center | MetroWest YMCA

Leadership Development

High Flight

 

Established in 1998 in response to a community need for positive activities and leadership opportunities for at-risk teens, the High Flight program is an Adventure-Based Experiential Education and Leadership Development Program designed to support youth and teens in their development of self-confidence, self-worth and life skills. High Flight encourages teens to challenge themselves with positive risk-taking, pushing their personal limits in a safe, accepting and supportive environment.

The High Flight program provides at-risk teens, both low income and those who experience behavioral or physical challenges, opportunities to develop skills and learn the importance of teamwork, trust and concern for others. High Flight uses outdoor environments as its classroom and experiential activities as the tools for learning essential life skills. 

Based at the Y’s Family Outdoor Center in Hopkinton Mass with its 122 acres, the sessions are typically 10 weeks long. Participants engage in high and low ropes course elements, rock climbing, map and compass work, backpacking, camping, canoeing, mountaineering and other physical challenges as well as group problem-solving activities. Also with the popularity of wilderness survival programs we have expanded the scope of our activities to include more wilderness skills, such as shelter building, water and food procurement, wildlife tracking and other essential skills. 

The programs curriculum is adapted to fit the needs and interests of the specific group in each session. The group’s progression as well as weather, geography, funding and other factors contribute to the variation in programing.  

For more information please contact Jen Curtis, High Flight Director, P: 508.435.9345 X106 or jcurtis@metrowestymca.org

 

 

Jen Curtis

High Flight Director & In-Training Corps Director

jcurtis@metrowestymca.org

(508) 435-9345 x106
Jen is a life-long native of Massachusetts. In addition to High Flight, Jen also leads our summer in-Training Corps (LIT/CIT). Jen earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire in Recreation Management and Policy with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation and is currently a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Jen has extensive experience in adaptive sports and therapeutic youth programming through Northeast Passage, an adaptive sports and therapeutic recreation community based program through the University of New Hampshire. 

Jack Organ

High Flight Program Coordinator

jorgan@metrowestymca.org

508-435-9345 x116

Jack grew up exploring any and all outdoor areas near his home in Ohio with his family and friends. His life goal is to offer similar opportunities to as many people as possible. His bachelor’s degree is in Studio Art from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and his outdoor leadership life began as a counselor at a camp in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. After college, Jack spent 5 years as assistant director for an outdoor program in Romania’s Carpathian Alps leading hikes and backpacking trips, facilitating ropes course events, overseeing program staff, and, as always, exploring and delighting in the natural world. He is excited to continue his outdoor career at the YMCA by co-leading the High Flight program and leading other outdoor and adventure events.