El Capitan Canyon 

By Giving List Staff   |   May 30, 2022

Camp 1: Sunday, June 19th, 4 pm-Wednesday, June 22nd, 12 noon 
Camp 2: Wednesday, June 22nd, 4 pm-Saturday, June 25th, 12 noon 

Teens aged 14-19 are invited to spend three device-free days exploring nature and nurture at breathtaking El Capitan Canyon. With guidance and support from skilled AHA! facilitators in a ratio of at least one staff for every four participants, 15 teens per camp will immerse themselves in nature; tune back into their creative spark; connect deeply with one another; and gain support for their unique dreams and expressions in the world. Youth will enjoy horseback riding, nature walks, writing, beach time, theater improv, movement, and art. Healthy relationship skill building will be a theme throughout, with plenty of listening circles and other activities. 

Once parent and teen applications are submitted, interested youth & families will be contacted to schedule an interview. 

Open to teens in the Santa Barbara area as well as out-of-town applicants. Teens and parents must submit an application and be interviewed in order to be considered. Apply here. 

Space is limited. For more information, please contact Melissa at 

lowensteinaha@gmail.com. Please inquire about cost. Scholarships are available! 


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Senior Director of Development  Molly Green


AHA! equips teenagers, educators, and parents with social and emotional intelligence to dismantle apathy, prevent despair, and interrupt hate-based behavior.

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It’s never been harder to be a teenager. Social isolation, skyrocketing gun violence, social media divisiveness, bullying and discrimination, and persistent anxiety about an uncertain world have led to unprecedented levels of mental health issues in youth. For me – as a donor, volunteer, and now board member of AHA! – I know we must show up for our teenagers now more than ever, and this program is the surest way I know to make a profound difference. AHA! provides lifetime tools for social and emotional well-being, enabling teens to better care for themselves, each other, and their communities.
Justine Roddick
AHA! Board Member

Give Teens the Tools to Tackle Life

Our in-school programs have served some 55,000 students since our founding, and we receive just 14% from districts toward the cost of services. We need help reaching our goal of raising 33% of our budget – half a million dollars – to continue to provide social-emotional learning programming, mentorship, and support to the SBUSD and CUSD.

Key Supporters

Lisa and Bryan Babcock
Jennifer and Peter Buffett
Deckers Brands
Daun and Daniel Dees
Lisa Foley
Erica Gervais
Kerrilee and Martin Gore
Nancy Grinstein and Neal Rabin
Karen and Bayard Hollins
Danialle and Peter Karmanos
Jill Martin
Nora McNeely Hurley
and Michael Hurley
NoVo Foundation
Natalie Orfalea and Lou Buglioli
Marla McNally Phillips and Lee Phillips
Stacy and Ron Pulice
The Rodel Foundations
Justine Roddick and Tina Schlieske
Rand Rosenberg and Teran Davis
Leanne Schlinger
Regina Scully
Susan and Bobby Shand
The Smidt Family
Kind World Foundation