Project O-S YOU

Project O S YOU! - Adventure-Based Program - Fall 2018

Project O-S You is a 6 week program developed, supported and co-sponsored by the Counseling Services Center. Project O-S YOU is an ‘adventure-based’ program, meaning that we will be enjoying outdoor activities together as well as learning in a classroom (group) environment. It is for a small select group of 8-10 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 a staff member who is 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 few freshmen! Only 8-10 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 pm until 2:05 pm as well as on two select Saturdays. Thursdays will be a classroom (group) setting where the goal is to assist you with personal growth and empowerment.

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 activities in class each week.

The outdoor activities may include hiking and walking meditations. You do not need any experience to participate – this is for all fitness levels-beginners to advanced. The program culminates with a day at a local Adventure Challenge Course where we will use all of the skills and strategies we learned in the as a group. 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.

A commitment to attending ALL 6 weeks is necessary.

We are able to offer this program at no cost to the participants due to support from the Counseling Center and a grant from Auxiliary Services.

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


Here is an example of last year's schedule:

Session 1 Thursday Sept. 7 12:45 am-2:05 pm room TBA

Session 2 Thursday Sept. 14 12:45 am-2:05 pm

Session A Saturday Sept. 16 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm Nature Walk

Session 3 Thursday Sept. 28 12:45 am-2:05 pm

Session 4 Thursday Oct. 5 12:45 am-2:05 pm

Session 5 Thursday Oct. 12 12:45 am-2:05 pm

Session B Saturday Oct. 14 Challenge Course (half day TBA)

Session 5 Thursday Oct. 19 12:45 am-2:05 pm Campus Ctr.

Celebration Dinner Sunday Oct. 22 6:00-8:00 pm Robin’s house

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. Remember, you are committing to attending the entire program.*