Take a Hike Program gives at-risk students a second chance

Stephen Hui
MA Environmental Education and Communication student Meghan McCann knows first-hand how wilderness experiences can transform education for youth. McCann and her work with the Vancouver School Board’s Take a Hike Program are featured in the Feb. 4 edition of the Georgia Straight online. 
Here is an excerpt: 
“Meghan McCann, the adventure-based-learning specialist, told the Straight there are many reasons why students are “falling through the cracks and getting left behind” at mainstream schools. The program accepts students—mostly from East Vancouver but also from as far away as Delta and North Vancouver—with academic, behavioural, legal, psychological, and social challenges and offers them a second chance, she noted.
According to McCann, some Take a Hike students suffer from depression and anxiety, and others have “tumultuous home lives” or have gotten kicked out of school. She asserted that the program is a “community of learning” that transforms students’ perceptions of themselves and their place in the education system.”