transforming CONFIDENCE IN ABILITy TO SUCCEED
High and low challenge courses are known to increase participants’ self-efficacy or belief in their ability to accomplish new tasks. People with higher self-efficacy are more apt to be successful when taking on new situations, such as transitioning from educational institutions or jobs. Every year, Stowe Heights will aim to serve over 2,500 participants from the Greater Des Moines metro by promoting teamwork, communication, and leadership. We exist to help prepare the next generation of community-inspired leaders in our city and the world at large.
PORTABLE, LOW & HIGH challenges DESIGNED AROUND YOUR PROGRAM GOALS
Whether a group chooses to use portable challenges at a location of their choosing, try their hand at the low-challenge course, or utilize the high-challenge course, each experience will be tailored to the specific needs of the group.
This challenge course is the only course in the Midwest that is equipped to allow individuals with assistive devices to participate alongside their peers. While portable and low-challenge elements are readily adaptable to the various needs of a group, this course also allows full participation on the high course through the integration of specific harnesses and specialized equipment. With the assistance of a mini-grant from Iowa's University Center for Excellence on Disabilities (UCED) we are assessing capacity to further accessibility as we build the low-challenge course. If you would like more information on accessibility please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our youth opportunities integrate FUN with intentional play for quality development programming. Playing with a purpose can build bonds through increased empathy, creative problem solving, the value of interdependence and imperfection, and increased belief in self-efficacy while exploring qualities of positive teamwork. The skills they gain in our programs support them in becoming the best they can be for themselves. When they build the skills to make healthy decisions for themselves, it is healthy for their family, their school, and their community.
Challenge Courses are not just for youth. Through the use of intentional group development techniques, facilitators guide each group through an unforgettable experience that focuses on team building and cooperative problem-solving. By developing these skills, participants fine-tune their strengths for greater success in their community and the workplace. Don't forget the fun! "Laugh more learn more" isn't a saying reserved for youth. Getting outside and engaging in purposeful play can be an effective tool for hitting the refresh button for creativity and productivity. It can also be an effective tool for focused conversations around developing your team's JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion) skills. Experiential programming can be an effective tool for processing strengths-based assessments and much more.
challenge by choice programs FOR YOUTH & ADULT GROUPS
WE ARE THE ONLY URBAN ADA-ACCESSIBLE CHALLENGE COURSE IN THE MIDWEST
"Our group loves coming out to learn leadership, to practice leadership skills, and to develop a more cohesive group dynamic."
Jane Ann / St. Theresa's Middle School
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