Driven forward and upward, by what we believe in.
PS23 is a leadership program with emotional, physical and spiritual growth for ASC recipients, 18 years of age and older. Even if you are in your 30’s and have not been in the foundation for our birthday celebrations or camps, you still qualify if you lost a military parent during active duty service or a post service-related death.
Our PS23 Mentors develop leadership skills through team building challenges during our “Off-the-Grid” outdoor adventure excursions, seminars and conferences. PS23 Mentors make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Once an ASC young adult recipient, 18 years of age or older, has attended an PS23 Off-The-Grid excursion, they are then invited back as a PS23 Mentor to our other yearly youth camps offered for ASC kids from 9 years of age, up to 17 years old. Essentially, PS23 Mentors build on their “Servant Leadership” skills, based on Christian principles and values.
We do this by taking our young adult leaders/mentors on the road, attending our yearly youth camps. It is there that our PS23er’s practice leading through serving and caring for younger ASC kids that have experienced the same as they have, the loss of a military parent. Healing happens for both our leaders and campers. It is truly amazing to see “empathy” as the healing tool to find hope.
PS23 Mentors enjoy a wide array of outdoor trips and adventures in our PS23 “Off-the-Grid” excursions. They also enjoy, hiking, jet skiing, canoeing, tubing, water skiing and many other activities that help build character, team, trust, relationships and “Servant Leadership” skills that aid when mentoring our younger ASC children, at our youth camps during the calendar year.
PS23 Mentors are the helping hands and hearts of ASC during our numerous ASC youth camps throughout the year. Our youth look up to the PS23 Mentor as a brother or sister, as you show them love and compassion. The time and effort that our PS23 Mentors invest in these special kids, does not come back void. The big payback is within the new ASC family, we all receive love, a safe environment and a since of belonging.
PS23 culture is driven with purpose and passion. Our leaders attend conferences, seminars, outback excursions and special retreats emphasizing on Christian principles and values as they relate to leadership and the career paths of our young adults. PS23 Mentors are trained to help facilitate and serve as peer mentors at horse camp, arts camp, gaming camp and many other youth camps throughout the calendar year.
PS23 Discipleship Training Seminar is designed for ASC young adults who have identified themselves as believers. The emphasis on PS23 has always been to acknowledge what the very first verse of Psalms 23 (PS23) says..... "For the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want." The other 5 verses are just as profound, but it is here in the very first verse that the purpose driven life is found. It clearly states that I am not the center of my life, God my creator is, I am second. I am a sheep that depends on the good Shepherd to lead me. The Lord is my Shepherd.
During our Discipleship Training Seminar, PS23 Disciples will embark on a journey to grow in their relationship with God and grow in the understanding of God’s promises. They will also grow in their relationships with one another. This training will help guide them, as they are mentoring our younger ASC children, specifically at our Journey Camp.
PS23 JOURNEY CAMP
Journey Camp is the most important camp that PS23 Disciples can attend. PS23 Disciples guide the younger ASC children in a safe environment, where they can be themselves, let down their guard, trust and receive love, honor and hope. PS23 Disciples are assigned to lead a cabin of 10 younger ASC kids for the week.
They ensure that the younger ASC children receive empathy during their pursuit of adventure, building life-long relationships and finding restoration and healing in their lives.