This camp offers a unique opportunity for leadership development among Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing teens. An intense, six-day curriculum focuses on eight core leadership power tools: communication, conflict resolution, decision making, goal setting, group dynamics, leadership techniques, project management, and self--awareness. There is also adventure learning, mentoring, games, skits, and just plain fun. For many teens, this may be the first time they have interacted with other Deaf and Hard of Hearing teens and adults. Participants will meet peers who have similar and different experiences. Most importantly, this program opens communication among Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing teens.
Any student who is enrolled in an Iowa school in grades 7 through 12 is encouraged to apply. Students may be Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind, Late Deafened or Hearing. Former participants include those interested in Deaf Culture, hearing loss, pursuing a career in the field of Interpreting or Deaf Education, a KODA/CODA (Kid/Child of Deaf Adults), have a cochlear implant, speak American Sign Language, use Signed Exact English, use real-time captioning, use assistive listening equipment, etc. No applicant will be discriminated against because of race, religion, color, age, gender, national origin, or disability.