Youth Resiliency Program

Our Youth Resiliency Program works with youth-at-risk involved in the Juvenile Justice System, treatment centers, drug court, and shelters. This program primarily works with intact groups to prescriptively design programing adjunctive to the partnering agency's goals for the clients. Like many TAP programs, we work to build a program with activities (ropes course, hiking, rock climbing rafting, etc...) that embed lessons such as the “stages of change model” and process the experience in a way that the client can apply the lessons learned back into their life.

In our Youth Resiliency Program, we travel all over the state of New Mexico providing Therapeutic Adventure Programs to youth and young adults from Las Cruces to Gallup to Albuquerque, to Santa Fe, to Farmington. We love to support the youth and agencies we work with in all of New Mexico’s beautiful communities.

What youth have said about our programs:

I learned that I can do amazing things if I put my mind to it.

I was able to tell stories and others listened and others were able to relate to what I had to say and the staff was respectful.

SFMC believed in me and made me feel good.

I'm scared of heights and I can’t believe I climbed all the way to the top. I was having a bad day, but after I felt better about myself and how I can do things if I try.

I got to challenge myself today.

I did something I never thought I would.

What agency staff is saying:

The girls were able to improve team-building, self-confidence, and communication skills.

Coming together and supporting each other. They learned this from the SFMC staff.

The girls were able to communicate together as a group in a healthy way.

Trusting each other and openness.

Clients learned that risk-taking was a part of life that it doesn't always need to be scary. They also learned team building skills at a time when they needed it most.

It helped our group open up to being vulnerable which cultivates an environment for healing.

Being outdoors and being able to effectively challenge themselves with supportive trainers. All of our clients had an opportunity to participate and learn something new.

Debriefing how this applies to real life and drug addiction.

It was challenging in a positive way - all activities led back to our goals. They did a great job of tying everything back to our real-life purposes.

FY 17 Evaluation - Pre and Post Overall Mean Resilience Scores by Agency Type
FY 17 Evaluation - Pre and Post Overall Mean Resilience Scores by Agency Type


Misty Blakesley

Melissa Harper

Colleen Fox