About Project Extreme

Founded in 2001, Project Extreme is a one of a kind not-for-profit organization, providing unique, innovative and individualized attention and services for teens-at-risk, their families, and their communities.

Through a broad portfolio of both short and long term programs, Project Extreme programs are designed to assist teens in need and their families to overcome their many challenges by providing them with the life skills and training, social support networks and professional counseling, in a positive, healthy environment that is fun, exciting, secure and highly productive.

Project Extreme uses a combination of experiential and intellectual learning opportunities to provide the social, educational and emotional support that our teens in need require and benefit from.

Each of the programs in the Project Extreme portfolio has been designed by a multidisciplinary team of professionals to ensure maximum therapeutic, fun, social, and positive outcomes. Project Extreme's programs undergo continuous evaluation and assessment in an effort to constantly provide the most effective, unique and relevant programming for teens today.

Project Extreme programs include: Miryam's House, Camp Extreme Boys, Camp Extreme Girls, Crisis Text Line, Yom Tov Programs, Shabbatons, Helpline and Minnesota Girls Academy.

Project Extreme's 4 Core Principals
A strengths-based perspective is essential in working and connecting with teens. Research has supported the idea that recognizing a teen's strength contributes to building their self-esteem, resulting in positive thoughts regarding their own feelings of self-worth. It is through positive reinforcement, such as congratulating a teen after completing a difficult outdoor task on a Camp Extreme trip or recognizing acts of kindness done to others, that lays the building blocks to creating a trusting relationship with the teen. A strengths-based perspective coupled with other supportive measures provides the solid foundation of Project Extreme's successful model.

The second core principal, skills building, contributes greatly to the teens' ability to learn how to cope, communicate and function in their everyday life with peers and family. By integrating life learnable lessons, enhancing the teens' basic communication skills, including fostering appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication styles within a framework of fun activities. During processing sessions that occur on a daily basis during the summer programs, the teens slowly begin to integrate what they are being taught in this safe environment, that will generalize to their everyday lives.

The third, a one to one participant/counselor ratio, is essential to the success of our program. On a daily basis, teens may experience anxieties, pressures and feelings of loneliness. Having the opportunity to reach out to that one person, their counselor, with whom the teen has formed a close and trusting relationship, can be the single tool in preventing the teen from making inappropriate and at times risky decisions.

The fourth core principal constitutes real, meaningful and long term follow up and is reflected by the requirement that counselors sign a social contract to maintain contact with the teen throughout adolescence and into adulthood. This long-term commitment sends a loud and clear message to the teen and their family that Project Extreme is not a short term, band-aid, but rather a longer term lifetime support.

All programming efforts are funded by generous donations. For more information and on how you may help save a child's life, please visit www.projectextreme.org or call 516-612-3922
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