Our program has been very lucky to have the chance to work with the Adventure Centre at Pretty Lake camp in Mattawan, MI. For the last several weeks, participants in our Young Adult Diversion Court have worked with the staff from the Adventure Centre to learn all about leadership.
What is leadership and what does it mean to be a leader in our society? In this program? At school? On the job? In this very applicable and relevant program, participants honed several critical skills needed to be an effective leader and contributing citizen in today's society. Since many of the individuals in our program have not had the chance to obtain leadership positions, the program developed by the Adventure Centre was a great supplement to the programming that we provide.
Participants developed their own action plans, learned about the difference between supportive and traditional ("authoritative") leadership styles, identified their own strengths, identified areas for growth, practiced asking peers and teammates for support, and participated in a day-long experiential component on site at the Adventure Centre.
This was one of the most memorable experiences of the program for many individuals. Check out these two practicing communication skills and teamwork on the tower:
As funding is available, we will be working with Pretty Lake's Adventure Centre periodically to continue this connection and work on fostering our participants' growth in different areas of leadership.
Thanks to ACPL facilitators Janine, Wendy, T, and Brittnee for your hard work to make this program possible! :)
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