Mission and Values


The Trekkers Training Institute is dedicated to improving outcomes for young people by providing training, coaching and other professional development opportunities on some of the most effective, tested youth development techniques and principles.


With a commitment to meet young people and the adults that care for them where they are, our work is driven by the idea that relationships are critical in keeping youth on an aspirational trajectory and therefore vital for the future of thriving communities.

The institute forged its unique training programs based on Trekkers’ quarter-century of success in the field. The Trekkers model relies on consistent, long-term mentoring over a six-year period that lasts from seventh grade until high school graduation. The philosophy also cultivates a web of 360-degrees of support for a young person from Trekkers staff, volunteers, parents, teachers, coaches, or clergy.