Basics of Project O S YOU

Project O S YOU!

Adventure-Based Program

Fall 2014

Project O-S You is a 6-week program developed and supported by the Counseling Center and Disability Services. Project O-S YOU is an 'adventure-based' program, meaning that we will be enjoying outdoor activities together at least twice a month, as well as learning in a classroom (group) environment. It is for a small select group of 12 people who have been identified as students who wish to develop or improve their self-confidence, self-esteem, meet peers and develop new friendships, decrease anxiety, and improve their social and communication and problem-solving skills.

Our goal is to provide opportunities for you to discover the powerful 'inner you' that will enhance your self-confidence. You will work closely with staff members who are dedicated to providing support, guidance, and mentoring, and you will have fun!

The invited students are from all class levels; there are sophomores, juniors and seniors - even a couple of new freshmen! Only 12 students will be invited. This is purposely a small group because we are hoping to build a cohesive 'family' environment of friends, mentors, and peers.

The group will meet on five Thursdays from 12:45 pm until 2:05 pm as well as on three select Saturdays. Thursdays will be a classroom (group) setting where the goal is to assist you with personal growth and empowerment. A commitment to attending ALL 6 weeks is necessary.

We will be learning about strategies for enhancing your self-confidence, decreasing anxiety and stress, overcoming social anxiety, and improving communication and problem-solving skills. We will enjoy fun games in class each week.

Some of the outdoor activities may include hiking, canoeing, and a trip to a local waterfall. You do not need any experience to participate - this is for all fitness levels-beginners to advanced. The program ends with an entire day at a local Adventure Course where we will use all of the skills and strategies we learned to help each other and have fun at a ropes course. This program is 'challenge by choice' which means we will never force you to do something you don't want to - yet we will encourage you to expand your mind and body and attempt to complete the activities designed to help you grow. The activities are safe and highly monitored.

We are able to offer this program at no cost to the participants due to a grant from Auxiliary Services. As of 5/1/14, we are waiting to hear if we have been given funding for fall 2014. I will keep you posted.

Here are the actual dates and time of class. I hope this fits into your schedule including other responsibilities scheduled at that time.Session 1         Thursday Sept. 4                     12:45 am-2:05 pm       Campus Ctr.

       Session 2         Thursday Sept. 11                   12:45 am-2:05 pm       Campus Ctr

       Session 3         Thursday Sept. 18                   12:45 am-2:05 pm       Campus Ctr

       Session 4         Saturday Sept 20                    2:00-5:00 pm                 TBA

       Session 4         Thursday Oct. 2                      12:45 am-2:05 pm       Campus Ctr

       Session 5         Saturday Oct. 4                       2:00-5:00 pm                TBA

      Session 6         Thursday Oct.9                       12:45 am-2:05 pm        Campus Ctr

      Session 7         Saturday Oct.11                      all day                              Adam's Eden Camp in Tully, NY


Questions? Ask me!!

 If you are interested in being a member of this group, please contact me immediately at:

Robin McAleese

312-4416 or

Once you agree to participate, please hold the days and times on your schedule and refrain from scheduling anything else during that time.

Goals of program/expected outcomes

•o   Increasing self-confidence and self-esteem

•o   Increasing student's help-seeking behaviors and ability to cope with life events

•o   Development of healthy life skills

•o   Promotion of healthy social networks

•o   Build awareness of mental health issues

•o   Skill building in the following areas:

Interpersonal/Intrapersonal Communication              

Decision making                        Goal setting

Relationship building              Responsibility

Trust                                            Teambuilding and cooperation

Problem solving                       Tolerance/Respect