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Causes: Leadership Development, Military & Veterans Organizations, Secondary & High Schools, Youth Development

Mission: Gold Star Teen Adventures enables healing, fosters enduring relationships, and develops character and leadership skills through adventure experiences to the surviving youth of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Results: Over the past 5 years, Gold Star Teen Adventures has served over 400 participants through adventures providing opportunity, healing, mentorship and leadership and character development. The adventures provided by GSTA include hunting, gun safety, marksmanship training, leadership development, scuba diving, survival training with opportunities to utilize the skills acquired during training. Over 100 teens have earned their Open Water Scuba Certification, 75+ have earned their Advanced Certification and their Nitrox , and 20+ have earned their Rescue level training. GSTA works to provide opportunity for healing, growth, and development through adventure experiences.

Target demographics: Gold Star Teen Adventures provides unique summer adventure opportunities for Gold Star Youth. The purpose of the program is to provide healing, mentorship, development, and opportunity to the children of special operations Service Members who lost their lives in the line of duty. The program serves youth of fallen United States military special operations service members, consisting of Army Special Forces (Green Berets), Army Rangers (75th Ranger Regiment), the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade, 4th MISOC, Navy Small Boat Teams, Navy SEALs, Air Force Combat Controllers, Air Force rotary and fixed wing squadrons, and Marine Corps special operations personnel.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 138 participants

Geographic areas served: Gold Star Teen Adventures provides unique summer adventure opportunities for Gold Star Youth.

Programs: GSTA Basic open Water Scuba, Alumni Advanced Scuba, Basic Outdoor Leadership, Alumni Advanced Outdoor Leadership, GSTA Leadership Workshop, GSTA Girl's Retreat, GSTA's White Tail Deer Hunt.

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