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AG Bell Leadership Program for Teens with Hearing Loss

Submitted by Paula Rosenthal on April 23, 2009 – 11:32 pm12 Comments

Group of friends standing by a smiling young man against whiteDo you know a teen with hearing loss who is looking for an exciting leadership training opportunity? The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) typically only offers the Leadership Opportunities for Teens (LOFT) program every other year in conjunction with their national convention. They’ve broken with tradition this year and they’ve decided to run the program in Washington, D.C. this summer. Scholarships are available to assist teens interested in attending this program and the application deadline for financial assistance has been extended until May 1st. Read on for full details and use the Share button below to spread the word and pass this valuable information on to others who may be interested.

What: Leadership Opportunities for Teens
When: July 5-9, 2009
Where: Washington, D.C.

A three-day program for teens ages 15-18 who are deaf or hard of hearing and use spoken language and are interested in becoming more involved in their surroundings as leaders/role models. Skills learned from several types of activities will help participants successfully address situations in school, work, and play. Highlights include individual goal setting, team activities and games, communication and advocacy exercises, community development projects and group outings.

Expected outcomes for LOFT include:

* Establish life-long friendships with other teens who share similar experiences.
* Develop confidence and self-esteem to engage in public speaking, team-building and self-advocacy.
* Build the skills necessary to take an active role as leaders in their respective communities.

LOFT has space for a maximum of 20 teens and an application is required. There is a $300 tuition fee. Airfare and lodging are not included. Each teen will be sharing a room with another participant and the cost for each is expected to be approximately $40-50 per night. Participants will also be expected to cover dinner and entertainment for two evenings when the group goes out for special activities. Limited scholarships are available so apply early.

Deadline for applications is May 1, 2009 and notification of acceptance will be by May 7, 2009.

Questions about the program can be directed to Wendy Will at

Download the LOFT application, scholarship information and more details here.

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