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Project O-S YOU

Adventure-based program: Fall 2016

Project O-S YOU is an eight-week program developed, supported and co-sponsored by the Counseling Services Center and Disability Services. Project O-S YOU is an "adventure-based" program, meaning that we will enjoy outdoor activities together at least twice a month, as well as learn 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 and 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 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 eight Thursdays from 12:45 p.m. until 2:05 p.m. 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 eight weeks is necessary.

We will learn 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 activities in class each week.

Some of the outdoor activities may include hiking, walking meditations, 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 culminates 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 support from the Counseling Services Center and the Disabilities Services Office, with a grant from Auxiliary Services.

Questions? Ask me!! 

If you are interested in being a member of this group, please contact me immediately at:
Robin McAleese, 315.312.4416 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

  • Increasing self-confidence and self-esteem

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

  • Development of healthy life skills

  • Promotion of healthy social networks

  • Build awareness of mental health issues

  • Skill building in the following areas:

Interpersonal/intrapersonal communication • Decision-making • Goal setting
Relationship building • Responsibility • Trust • Teambuilding and cooperation
Problem solving • Tolerance/respect