Social Advocacy & Youth Empowerment
About Leaders on the Rise
YWCA Vermont’s Leaders on the Rise program is a weekend retreat centered on providing leadership development opportunities to middle school and high school aged youth through the scope of social justice empowerment. Our two day, one night program will welcome young leaders to Camp Hochelaga to participate in a variety of projects with the intended purpose to demonstrate the significance and power of self-expression and supporting others in our local community. In a rustic atmosphere, participants will have the chance to appreciate the natural beauty of camp while engaging in thoughtful dialogue to explore their identities and practice finding their voice. We look forward to partnering with a variety of community organizations to support our efforts in facilitating these meaningful projects of youth empowerment and leadership development. (See below for more specific program details, schedule, etc.)
Registration for Leaders on the Rise 2019 is currently closed
Leaders on the Rise 2019: Saturday, September 14th - Sunday September 15th at Camp Hochelaga
Registration: Just like our camp programs, Leaders on the Rise is offered with a voluntary tiered pricing system. This helps us offset the program operating costs and provides us with more opportunities to extend scholarship funds to youth who would not be able to attend otherwise. The tier you choose will have no impact on your child's experience during Leaders on the Rise.
C: $100 B: $75 A: $50 (scholarships are also available)
9:30AM Welcome to Leaders on the Rise
10:00AM Major Projects - Round 1
11:15AM All Group Activity
1:30PM Community Play Time
2:15PM Major Projects - Round 2
3:45PM Major Projects - Round 3
5:00PM Line Time
7:00PM All Group Evening Program
8:00AM Bugle Wake Up
9:30AM Small Group Reflections
10:15AM Community Play Time
11:00AM Check Out
2019's Theme is "Finding Me from the Inside, Out"
Our major projects this year will include arts and crafts, photography, letter writing, group dialogue, storytelling and more! All projects are going to primarily focus on self-expression and identity exploration. Youth can expect opportunities to speak from their own experiences and hear from others' perspectives to create a safe and supportive community.
A Look Back at How It Began: Leaders on the Rise 2018
YWCA Vermont Camp Hochelaga is excited to announce the launch of Leaders on the Rise, a new fall leadership program for middle school and high school aged female & non-binary identifying young people. Leaders on the Rise 2018 will include programming centered on building strong voices for social justice through a collaborative art project. At the conclusion of the program, the completed work of art will be displayed throughout Burlington and the surrounding area at a variety of community venues.
This weekend-long program engages young people in activities and projects that inspire and support them in collaborating across differences, finding power in the strength of their voices, and standing confidently for what they believe in.
Leaders on the Rise will also have the opportunity to experience an overnight in our cozy camp cabins, cook dinner over the campfire together, and play some of Camp Hochelaga's best loved camp games.
Leaders on the Lake 2018 Theme: "My voice can change the world!"