On the Flip Side – School for At-Risk Teens

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Categories: Alumni, General, Missions

Cameron (B.S. '06) and Deidre Potter (B.A. '05)

Alumni Cameron and Deidre met at Multnomah in the fall 2003 while working on Multnomah Community Outreach team together. After spending most of their Spring Breaks on missions trips to Compton, California, they developed a passion for educating inner city youth. In February of 2007, a year after they got married, Cameron and Deidre responded to the call that God had placed on their hearts and left Portland, moving by faith to Los Angeles.

Alumni in Los Angeles, California

Upon arriving in Los Angeles, they had no jobs and no place to live, but God quickly provided an apartment in south Compton with excellent Christian neighbors to help the Potters through the transition. While praying that God would send them to a place that needed their specific gifts and talents, they found jobs waiting tables and working for an outdoor education company. A few months later, Cameron and Deidre presented their vision for teaching spiritual development through adventure education for at-risk urban teens to the Dream Center. They were hired on the spot and it was immediately clear that the Potters where exactly who this organization needed - their prayers had been answered.

Dream Center

The Dream Center Academy takes kids no one else wants; offering hope, training and discipline. Dream Center Academy is an academic rehabilitation program for students who haven’t been successful in traditional academic settings.

About the Authors

Today, Cameron is the principal of the school as well as the founder and CEO of The California Adventure Institute - a non-profit organization designed to educate, empower and inspire at-risk teens through the power of adventure. Deidre, after the birth of their second child this past May, resigned from her position as residential director for the two group homes connected to the academy. Though she is now a stay-at-home mom, Deidre stays connected by continuing to train staff and mentor students on a weekly basis. Their ministry continues to push past classroom walls, as they often invite students and staff into their home—expanding the ministry to order to demonstrate a healthy family life to the teens they serve and staff they lead. In addition to their two young children, they currently have one foster teen living with them.

Want to Make Your Own Flip Side Video?

If you are interested in making a video of your own life since Multnomah, just email us at alumni@multnomah.edu.

For our informational video please visit our Flip Side Post.

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One Response to “On the Flip Side – School for At-Risk Teens”

Thanks Cami & Deidre! Love you guys – thanks for sharing! – John Paul