Torrey Pines High School (TPHS) recently held its annual four-day FalconFest on campus. “The goal of the FalconFest is to build community, reduce stress, and to help end the teasing, harassment, and alienation that can be a part of the high school experience,” said Don Collins, TPHS teacher.

FalconFest deals with issues that many teens face, including self-esteem, social oppression, leadership, drug abuse, racism, and bullying. Students participate in activities like ice breakers, dancing, and small group discussions in order to help them better understand and connect with one another. “This ability to trust one another and recognize the importance of respect and risk in relationship is what can help make our campus a positive, kinder, friendlier, and more respectful place,” Don said. The experience is so powerful for some students that they return as veteran student leaders even after they’ve graduated. Discover more at