graduating

Graduating- Students Advancement Ceremony

We had an amazing certificate and advancement ceremony for five graduating students.

Amber, Dylan, Dallin, Eric and Lee all have moved on to great things!

We are so proud of their progress, work and successes.

Each have created a successful path forward and are rocking it!

We will miss them and hope they will come back to visit often.

We never know when a student starts where they will land; finding themselves and working through roadblocks leads often to new paths and possibilities.

We have tried to ensure that each student finds their landing place as a destination school more than a transition school.

Congrats to our students and supporters who have all worked so hard!

—Jason, TFL Executive Director

Canyoneering at Yankee Doodle Canyon

Unforgettable Canyoneering in Yankee Doodle Canyon

The canyoneering trip was an experience I’ll never forget.

It was an optional activity that me, Dallin, and Grady went on with Cam in Yankee Doodle canyon.

Once we started, it was impossible to climb back out the way we started, so we got to really push our limits.

There was hiking, climbing, rappelling, chimney-crawling through slot canyons, wading, and even some swimming.

The canyon was beautiful, and there were lots of purple flowers blooming.

It was warm outside, but the water was freezing cold.

I was exhausted physically and emotionally by the end, but it felt great to have accomplished it.

—Amber, TFL Student

 

  

 

TFL Students Tour Local Tech Companies

 

We toured two local companies; InfoWest and MetaShield.

InfoWest is a pretty sweet company, the atmosphere there was friendly and relaxed.

We got to see their help desk room as well as their server room.

Anyone with a background in Information Technology would agree that they feel at home when entering their help desk room.

MetaShield is a company that creates advanced coatings for materials like glass.

We got to see their chemistry room where “all the magic happens.”

We also got to see their highly advanced, scientific, machinery that’s used to measure various different properties of whatever coating they’re testing.

—Reid, TFL Student

Rocky obstacles and pools of water

Red Cliffs Hike With Rocky Obstacles and Pools of Water

 

We had a great time out at the Red Cliffs hike recently.

There was a lot of runoff, which created some beautiful clear pools of cold water that only
Grady dared swim in.

Amber, Dylan and I hiked in further while the rest hung out at the first pool.

We had to pass a rocky obstacle using some rope to avoid falling into the pool of water below.

It was kinda tricky, and a lot of fun.

—Cam, TFL Mentor

Confirmation bias

Life Skills Class: Confirmation Bias

How can understanding confirmation bias be useful?

Confirmation bias is the tendency to interpret new evidence as supportive of one’s existing beliefs or opinions.

Most of us do not go around trying to prove ourselves wrong.

It feels terrible to be proven wrong.

If feels great to be right.

We get to feel… smart, confirmed and in control.

Facts don’t necessarily change our brain’s confirmation bias.

The only thing that changes confirmation bias is something so glaring that we are willing to believe it and feel terrible about it, long enough to change our beliefs or opinions.

Most of the time our brains would rather be efficient and keep believing the same beliefs.

Even if those beliefs themselves feel terrible.

Confirmation bias is great when prior conclusions are terrific.

If we believe we’re awesome our brains find evidence for why we’re so awesome.

Confirmation bias is not great when prior conclusions are terrible.

If we believe we’re a failure, then our brains find evidence and even make-up stories about what we do or don’t do to prove why we’re a failure.

The process of changing our belief systems to support us in being more successful takes effort.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t feel good, but new focused thoughts over time can become our new belief systems.

Then confirmation bias works in our favor to confirm our new helpful beliefs.

Cleaning the animals cemetary

Weekend Trip to Cabin & Volunteering at Animals Sanctuary

During the first weekend in May, TFL had the opportunity to volunteer at an animal shelter called Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

This is a place that has a no kill policy and is responsible for over a thousand animals, including horses, pigs, birds, rabbits, dogs and cats.

We got to help in the sanctuary’s animal graveyard, called Angels Rest, and even got to participate in the burial of a rooster that had passed on from old age.

It was an interesting ceremony.

  

Afterwards, we helped in the dog section of the sanctuary.

There at Dog Town, we weeded a few sections of the place where the dogs live and then we got to play with a couple of them.

The next day we got to clean the cat houses and then more weeding of Dog Town.

I really enjoyed the experience but a couple of the students weren’t so enthusiastic about it. Eh, maybe next time, right?

—Lee, TFL Student

  volunteering at animals shelter

This is a shout out to our students.

This past week I had the opportunity to go with Jason and the students to volunteer at Best Friends sanctuary in Kanab.

While there we were asked to weed and level off some of the dog runs.

Everyone was working hard in the hot sun and it wasn’t long before we called it and the care takers brought out some dogs for us to interact with.

It was then I noticed that Eric and Joseph weren’t with the group yet.

It turns out they were bound and determined to finish off all the weeds in their run, which they did!

Instead of stopping then and there they continued to work and give, which I thought was amazing.

And this was but one specific moment.

There are many times and moments like these with our students day in and day out that make our jobs as mentors worth it.

—Josh, TFL Mentor

While volunteering at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the students stayed at Jason’s family cabin.

Some went mountain biking, many participated in target and skeet shooting, ziplining, swinging and of course everyone ate well.

We have a couple grill masters in our presence at TFL.

-Kristen, TFL Program Director