Ethics in Action
An important goal of Venturing is to help young adults be responsible and caring people, both now and in the future. Venturing uses "ethical controversies" to help young adults develop the ability to make responsible choices that reflect their concern for what is a risk and how it will effect others involved. Because an ethical controversy is a problem-solving situation, leaders expect young adults to employ empathy, invention, and selection when they think through their position and work toward a solution of an ethical controversy.
What a Venturing crew does is limited only by the imagination and involvement of the adult and youth leaders and members of the crew-sail the Caribbean, produce a play, climb a mountain, teach disabled people to swim, or attend the Olympics. All these adventures and more are being done today by Venturing crews and ships across the country. All that is needed are concerned adults who are willing to share a little bit of themselves with today's youth-tomorrow's leaders.
What Youth Want
Research has revealed these major points:
- High school students have many vocational and avocational interests.
- Teenagers want a broader experience that provides practical "hands-on" experience and is tailored to their cultural backgrounds.
- Teenagers want to belong to a group that provides a "safe haven" from which to address the youth development issues that affect them. These issues include experimentation; moving from dependence to interdependence, social relationships, psychological changes and sexual maturity, and a re-evaluation of values.