Picks and Pans Review: Talking With...
updated 08/15/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/15/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT
YOU'RE A GRADUATE OF A PROGRAM LIKE THIS, RIGHT? When I was 18, I was living on the streets, out of money, and checked myself into rehab. I ended up entering a wilderness program in Montana. It saved my life.
WHAT'S THE IDEA BEHIND GIVING THE KIDS NAMES LIKE FLYING FIRE FOX AND INSIGHTFUL YOUNG HAWK? By giving them an earth name, it's like us saying, yes, we accept and acknowledge that you are growing and changing.
ARE YOU CONSTANTLY WORRIED THAT THE KIDS WILL RUN AWAY? Their running off makes me very nervous from a safety standpoint, but it can be a breakthrough moment because they realize, "Wow, these [counselors] don't hate me because I tried to get away, and they're not punishing me."