With the start of school just around the corner, Hands4Hope is kicking off the 2018-2019 program year with its annual High School Leadership Camp! This camp, hosted July 23rd to 25th, introduced all high school club and after school committee leadership to the roles and responsibilities of their positions. The theme for this year’s camp was a quote by Brian Herbert, “The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.”
Through a series of games, activities, trainings, and mini projects that include the low and high ropes course; team building exercises; night hikes; and sessions on intercultural competency, service learning, and strengths-based skill building, Hands4Hope creates a comprehensive training that addresses what it means to be a Hands4Hope youth leader.
Not only does this high school camp provide a crash course in Hands4Hope leadership, but it also acts as a summit for all of our high schoolers to come together and team build as Hands4Hope volunteers. Camp provides the opportunity for everyone to interact and learn more about each other, their backgrounds and experiences, their schools, and the skills that each individual brings to their leadership teams. It also gives 30 high-school-aged youth, from Folsom to Placerville, the chance to build bonds and come together under the common goal of effecting change for those in need in El Dorado and Sacramento Counties.
Hands4Hope is grateful for the chance to begin to learn more about its youth leadership and the change they plan to enact in the next school year!