Change does not happen overnight and neither does becoming a Level Three student at YBEC. Every student who enters YBEC begins as a Level One student. Through demonstrating the pillars of our character education: courage, respect, responsibility, trust, and effort, they earn accumulating points. When a student acquires a set number of points, determined by their YBEC campus, they receive their Level Two presentation. Once the presentation assignments are completed, they earn Level Two status. This process is again repeated, but with a higher total point target, a more difficult presentation, and an interview with teachers and staff. Upon completion, they are granted the honor of Level Three status. Our Positive Behavior Modification System gives daily built-in incentives for students to offer their best and serves as a means of behavioral progress monitoring. With each upward level change, students earn more privileges, rewards, and responsibilities.
Our Level Three students are expected to be the pinnacle of what represents YBEC. They are the leaders and role models for their peers. No longer accumulating points, they must maintain at least 85% of their points, in order to avoid probation or a possible level drop. However, the biggest rewards for progressing, towards, achieving, and maintaining Level Three status are our amazing trips.
Level Three students are given the opportunities of a lifetime. By maintaining their status they have the privilege of participating in outstanding adventures such as Atlantic Ocean fishing voyages, annual trips to the Florida Everglades, expeditions to ski and snowboard in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, we week of exploring New York City, as well as amazing experiences all along the east coast of the United States. When a student returns from seeing the ocean for the first time, boating next to dolphins, or learning how to ski and snowboard, their mental and physical stamina has been improved. This flows over to other parts of their lives, empowering students to achieve more. They begin to wonder if they can successfully rock climb 100 feet in the air, what else can they do accomplish? At YBEC we believe they can do more than they have ever imagined!