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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 girls 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 2020 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)

Click Here to register online


9:00AM                            Check-In

9:30AM                            Welcome to Leaders on the Rise

10:00AM                          Major Projects - Round 1

11:15AM                            All Group Activity

12:30PM                           Lunch

1:30PM                             Community Play Time

2:15PM                             Major Projects - Round 2

3:30PM                             Snack

3:45PM                             Major Projects - Round 3

5:00PM                             Line Time

5:30PM                             Flag/Dinner

7:00PM                             All Group Evening Program


8:00AM                            Bugle Wake Up

8:30AM                            Flag/Breakfast

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!"

For questions about this program please email or call (802) 862-7520