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During the winter and summer months, ForeverU offers unforgettable in-person camp experiences called "Camp Apex." These four-night, five-day camps allow students to experience a mindful reset and receive the opportunity to build upon the roadmap they have created throughout their program journey at ForeverU. These camps consist of an intimate guest speaker series, inspiring group discussions, interactive workshops focused on purpose and passion, and plenty of other inclusive activities that teach students how to be brave on their mental health journey.

To enforce student and staff safety, we have trained on-site program staff, nurses, and licensed mental health professionals to assist with the camp experience. Students may also participate in our camps as a day-time camper or an overnight camper, depending on their comfort level.

eVERY TUESDAY

This overnight camp experience starts Monday at 10am and concludes on Friday at 2:30pm.

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The location for our next camp is undetermined due to COVID-19 restrictions at our normal host sites.

FREE

Registration includes admission to all sessions, workshops, program materials, housing, and a meal plan for the week.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Ascend cost to participate?

Ascend is free for students, thanks to our generous donors and supporters. Still, we allow parents/guardians to make an optional one-time or recurring donation to ForeverU at the confirmation screen after registration.

Is there a participation or attendance requirement?

If a student misses more than (3) sessions, they may not be eligible to apply as a “Peer Mentor”.

Where do the discovery sessions take place?

The monthly sessions take place on Zoom. A link to access the sessions will be sent out via email the week of each session. Once you click on the link, you will be re-directed to Zoom.

What time of day do these monthly sessions take place?

Sessions take place on the first and third week of each month for 90 minutes. However, the day and time of when your sessions take place will be decided by your assigned mentor.

 

Do I need any materials or supplies to participate?

Yes.​ All digital materials needed to participate are sent out via email the week of each session. 

How do I ensure I have a quality online experience at each session?

Ensure that you have a strong internet connection, use the Google Chrome web browser, and keep yourself muted when you're not speaking. But most importantly, take responsibility for your own learning and look at this as an opportunity to invest in yourself.

How do you engage parents with a student's ForeverU experience?

Helping a student thrive in our program is a team effort. Each month, we email parents/guardians an action-plan newsletter that explains in detail what their child is learning and practical steps they can take as a parent to continue their child's momentum at home.

Parents/guardians will also have access to a private blog monitored by ForeverU's program advisory committee members. This blog creates a safe space for parents to ask questions, receive insightful feedback from blog contributors, and find support on their parenting journey.

What if I miss one of the sessions, can I still access a recording?

To protect registered students' privacy and safety, recordings of each session will not be available for viewing after the workshop. 

Does my camera have to be on during each session?

To ensure all students feel comfortable during each session, we do require all students to have their cameras on at all times.

Will I have access to my mentor outside of our online sessions?

All students are required to schedule a one-on-one support call with their assigned mentor at least once per month. This is a critical component of your ForeverU experience.
 

How many students participate in each peer group?

Research shows us that students experience higher engagement and long-term benefits in a small group setting. Each peer group consists of no more than 4 students.​

What if I'm not enjoying my mentor or assigned peer group?

If you are not enjoying your ForeverU experience, please notify us. We would be more than happy to try finding you a new mentor or peer group that meets your needs.

What happens at the end of the six months?

At the end of the six months, you will be invited to continue your ForeverU journey by continuing to attend "Camp Apex" or applying as a "Peer Mentor" in Ascend.

What does it mean to become a Peer Mentor?

If a student enjoyed their six months in Ascend, they are more than welcome to repeat the mentorship experience and request another peer group and mentor. However, once they complete Ascend, they are eligible to apply as a "Peer Mentor". As a Peer Mentor, they will be assigned a new mentor and peer group and serve as a co-leader. This allows student to stay connected with ForeverU for the remainder of their high school career and allows them to pass along their new knowledge to other students.

Disclaimer: ForeverU is classified as a youth development organization. While we work closely with medical professionals and have a team of licensed mental health professionals overseeing our program, it is crucial to note that our volunteers, employees, and representatives are not medical professionals. We are a community of individuals passionate about offering hope and belonging to youth experiencing mental health challenges. Therefore, ForeverU should be utilized as an extension or “add-on” resource to youth undergoing professional treatment or receiving formal counseling services from licensed mental health professionals. The information and program we provide are meant to encourage and support students and are not meant to replace medical professionals' advice or expertise.

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