By: YLan Nguyen, MD Programs Manager
Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff
To kick off AALEAD Ignite Summer Program, Maryland Summer Youth Program Coordinators (SYPCs) embarked on a long-distance three-day camping trip at Denton Wesleyan Camp in Denton, MD. SYPCs play a key role in the AALEAD Summer Program by being the leaders for program participants as well as supporting AALEAD staff with program logistics and facilitation.
This year’s SYPC Orientation Camp Goals included:
Throughout camp, SYPCs sign up for cooking and cleaning roles for multiple meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This process builds teamwork while learning basic cooking skills that they can then apply to their personal lives.
The Summer Youth Program Coordinator Orientation Camp has become a long-standing tradition in AALEAD Maryland Programs. The trip allows space for youth to bond with one another by building meaningful relationships and working together towards shared goals. It is also a time for youth to bond with AALEAD staff who directly support SYPCs throughout the summer.
The week after SYPC Orientation Camp, SYPCs meet at the summer program site, Parkland Magnet Middle School to prepare for their roles. At the end of the week, SYPCs go on another field trip that focuses on building supportive relationships with each other.
Stay tuned this month for more exciting blog posts about AALEAD’s 2019 summer programs!