All Kinds of News for December 05, 2018
Alpine Academy was pleased last month to celebrate the naming of our clinical building (built 2010) as the Ardeth Kapp Healing Center. This was done to memorialize and honor a long-time member of the Board of Trustees, Ardeth Kapp.
Alpine Academy’s parent company, Utah Youth Village, was founded in 1969 by an amazing woman, Lila Bjorklund. Lila had a passion for helping children and families, and especially young women. Her desire was to help young women find their inner strength and see their potential for greatness. In the early 1990’s, Lila found a kindred spirit in Ardeth Kapp.
Ardeth grew up on a farm in rural Canada and had many struggles with school and friends. Seeing an opportunity for a fresh start, her parents sent her to a boarding school in Utah where she completed High School. Ardeth then graduated from the University of Utah and became an elementary school teacher. Because she understood children that learn differently, she was able to touch the lives of many students. Ardeth went on to become a writer and producer for the Utah Network for Instructional Television. She also became an author and has published dozens of books, all dedicated to helping individuals grow and reach their potential, with a particular focus on young women.
In 1995, Lila asked Ardeth to join the Utah Youth Village Board of Trustees, where she continues to serve today, 23 years later. To honor her life of dedicated service to children, her fellow board members gave a generous donation to name a building on Alpine Academy’s campus after her, the Ardeth Kapp Healing Center. A celebration was held at Alpine in November in which Ardeth met and then addressed the students, sharing many stories and lessons she has learned throughout her life. Among her words of wisdom are these classic phrases she has shared with youth across the world for many years: "I'm better than I was but not as good as I'm going to be." "You're better than you think you are." "I'm trying a little harder to be a little better." And finally, she encouraged each of them to follow the personal motto that has guided her life for more than 70 years, “If you want a friend, be a friend.”
About Alpine Academy
Alpine Academy is a licensed residential treatment center for girls ages 12-18 located in Utah. Students struggle with emotional disturbances that are severe enough to prevent them from going to school successfully. Alpine is a fully accredited school with dual-endorsed teachers at the front of every classroom. Therapy is built into the school day. It is a nationally certified Teaching Family Model treatment program. The students live in homes with married couples, Family Teachers.