ARISE Digital Workshop FAQ

How much does the workshop cost to participate?

Arise 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 a session, they may lose eligibility for "Ascend" and "Camp Apex."

Where do the daily sessions take place?

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

What time of day do these sessions take place?

These online sessions take place each day from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (CT) via Zoom.

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. 

Do I need any materials or supplies to participate in the workshop?

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

How do I ensure I have a quality online experience in the workshop?

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.

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 be expected to speak or participate at the workshop?

You will not be required to speak or participate unless you ask a question or voluntarily share a response to a session instructor's question.
 

Is attendance required for all sessions?

At the end of the workshop, we provide you with information about continuing your journey at ForeverU by signing up for "Ascend" and attending "Camp Apex."
 

How many students participate in this workshop?

Research shows us that students experience higher engagement and long-term benefits in a small group setting. Each workshop we host consists of no more than 8 students.

What happens at the end of the workshop?

At the end of the workshop, you will be provided with information about continuing your journey at ForeverU by signing up for "Ascend" and attending "Camp Apex".

How do you engage parents/guardians?

Parents/guardians who have a child registered for the workshop will be given a digital action plan after the workshop. This will include information about what their child has learned, ways to help their child keep their momentum going at home, and practical ways to empower the household each day of the week.

 

ascend online mentoring faq

 

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.

camp apex faq

Does the camp cost anything to participate?

Camp Apex does have a tuition fee for each camp. However, ForeverU does offer financial aid and scholarships to low income families who cannot afford to attend a camp experience.

Is staying overnight required to participate in the camp?

No. Students are able to enroll as a day-time camper during the registration process.

What is the housing and bathroom format like?

Overnight students stay in housing that is gender-specific and is overseen by the camp staff that we have on-site. For students who identify as something other than male or female, we will work with the student and their parents/guardians to make accommodations that ensure they feel safe and comfortable during their overnight camp experience.

Do you accommodate student dietary restrictions?

All dietary restrictions must be submitted during the registration process and are then shared by the lodging facility hosting the camp.
 

What if my child is going to camp alone, how do I know they'll feel connected?

Most students who participate in our camps attend alone, so our camps become life-changing experiences for students in attendance. By the end of the week, they will have an entire community of people rallying behind them. Our camp staff and volunteers are also heavily trained on cultivating a camp culture built on inclusion and compassion.

Do you have a certified nurse or licensed counselor on-site?

Yes.​ We have a certified nurse who stays with us the entire week. We also have licensed counselors who are available during the day for students in need of professional intervention.

What are the requirements for camp mentors?

​Mentors must be at least 21 years of age, a certified Mandated Reporter in the state of Illinois, and must have at least an undergraduate degree in a mental health-related field. You can learn more about mentor requirements by clicking here. All mentors must also complete ForeverU's training certification program in partnership with Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital.

Can I communicate with my child while at camp?

Yes. Though we encourage students to leave their phones in their room during workshops, activities, meals, or speaking events, you will be able to communicate with your child.

How do you handle student medication?

Parents/guardians are provided with a medication schedule that is required to be completed before arrival. This med schedule and medication are then provided to the camp nurse at check-in. The camp nurse is responsible for managing and distributing all student medication.

What does camp tuition include?

Each student's tuition includes access to all morning mindfulness workshops, CBT/DBT self-discovery workshops, empowerment sessions with guest speakers, group break-out sessions with mentors, promotional welcome pack and guided materials, complete meal plan and housing/lodging, and communal and inclusive games and activities.

How do you engage parents/guardians with the camp?

On the last day of the camp, parents/guardians are invited to a parental empowerment workshop that concludes with a Q&A session with our mental health panel.