Benefits of Wilderness Therapy Program For Troubled Youth

Written by Wood Creek Academy

The destructive power of nature is a staple that can be seen on many television news broadcasts and Internet sites. However, professionals that work in the adolescent therapy field have discovered that the inspiring effects of the natural world are not limited to destruction and devastation. The healing and restorative powers of nature can actually help troubled adolescents overcome their personal challenges, gain control over their lives, and put themselves back on a path to find health and happiness.

woodcreekacademy2There are many benefits of wilderness therapy programs for adolescents. The programs for troubled youth feature the development of building intense interpersonal relationships, give teens the opportunity to overcome significant emotional and physical challenges, as well as giving them the encouragement to gain a better understanding of their place in the world. Working together in settings that are free of the distractions of the world allows considerable growth in short periods of time. Since wilderness therapists work very closely with the adolescents, they are ultimately able to make significant accomplishments together.

The benefits of wilderness therapy programs can be both dramatic and long lasting. Today, hundreds of wilderness experiences are available, with many programs offering therapeutic treatments for individuals such as teens with behavioral disorders. The wilderness therapy programs can ultimately be a complete spiritual journey an adolescent needs in order to turn their life around.

Wood Creek Academy is a special boot camp for teenagers located in a peaceful environment.

New York: Home of the First Labor Unions

By Samuel Phineas Upham

The history of American labor unions isn’t something that’s easy to pinpoint, mostly because the timeline is somewhat muddled. There were disputes dating as far back as 1677, and much of American legislation on this subject draws inspiration from the English laws related to restraint of trade.

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During the Civil War, New York faced a unique problem. As the financial center for much of the world, the impending and of the Southern slave economy was threatening to destabilize the financial giant.

There was another problem that was coming from the ports of New York, which were beginning to see increased activity to compensate for the lack of Southern-imported business goods. An influx of Irish immigrants had brought stable labor to the city, but that labor was increasingly feeling the pinch of no money and few opportunities. Journeymen workers, who were far from entrepreneurs, outnumbered masters in industry. With so few companies going around, people who held capital were able to play the market and pit the masters against one another, with the lowest paid workers being the biggest losers of all.

These workers began to band together with the intention of seeking better opportunities, which is which led to criminal cases brought against them. If that seems extreme, consider that the workers who lost these cases usually didn’t have fines against them, the cases were more to establish precedent for future disputes.

Strikes were broken up, often violently, and workers were hauled off to jail fighting for the 40-hour work week. New York even hosted the first mass strike of women, when 20,000 apparel workers walked out for three months in 1909.


Samuel Phineas Uphamis an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Phin on his Samual Phineas Upham website or Facebook page.