March 12, 2008

Leadership Opportunities for Teens (LOFT) is a three-day program for teens, ages 15-18, who are interested in becoming more involved in their surroundings as leaders/role models. This year’s program will take place June 24-17 in Milwaukee prior to the AG Bell Convention. Skills learned from several types of activities will help participants deal with situations in school, work, or play. Highlights include:

  1. Individual goal setting
  2. Team activities and games
  3. Communication and advocacy exercises, and
  4. Group outings.

At the end of the program, the group as a whole will have the responsibility of preparing and presenting a skit to the AG Bell Convention during the general opening session.

Expected outcomes for LOFT include:

  • Establishment of lifetime friendships with other individuals similar to themselves.
  • Self esteem to get up in front of a group and talk and/or perform and to advocate for their needs.
  • The confidence and ability to take an active role as leaders in the mainstream.

LOFT has space for a maximum of 20 teens and an application is required. There is a $275 tuition fee. Airfare and lodging is not included. Each teen will be sharing a hotel room with another participant and the cost for each is expected to be approximately $70 per night. Participants will also be expected to cover dinner and entertainment for one evening when the group goes out for a special activity.

Scholarships for tuition fee may be available for certain candidates.

To download an application, visit click here. Deadline for applications is April 15, and notification of acceptance will be by April 30. Questions about the program can be directed to Ken Levinson at [email protected]

SOURCE: AG Bell