- Youth Leadership Camp
The Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) is an annual four-week
leadershipprogram for deaf high school studentswhich has been operating in the United Statesas a non-profit organizationfor nearly four decades.
Youth Leadership Camp activities are conducted in
American Sign Language. YLC programs stress personal responsibilityand accountability, organizational skills, team building, higher educationand employmentin its mission of scholarship, leadershipand citizenshipamong deaf youth.
The YLC is accredited by the
American Camp Associationand is associated with the Lions Club in the states of Oregonand Washington.
Youth Leadership Camp applicants are evaluated in terms of academic standing, character, leadership potential, and involvement in school and community. Applicants must submit an
essayand letters of recommendation in a process similar to selective college admission procedures.
*1969: Pine Lake Camp in
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvaniain The Poconos
*1970-1989: Swan Lake Lodge in Pengilly, Minnesota
*1990-2002: Camp Taloali in Stayton, Oregon
*2003: Camp Lakodia in
Madison, South Dakota
*2004: Sertoma Camp Endeavor in
Dundee, Floridanear Winter Haven
*2005-present: Camp Taloali in
;SponsorsSponsors of deaf youth leadership programs such as the YLC include:
California State University, Northridgeand its [http://ncod.csun.edu/about/ National Center on Deafness]
Communication Service for the Deaf
Gallaudet Universityand its Laurent ClercNational Deaf Education Center
Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
National Association of the Deaf (United States)
Rochester Institute of Technologyand its National Technical Institute for the Deaf
* [http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/InfoToGo/142.html 2006 Summer Camp Guide] of
Gallaudet University's Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
* [http://www.nad.org/ylchistory History of the Youth Leadership Camp]
* [http://www.michdhh.org/youth/youth_leadership_camp.html Leadership Camps] for Deaf Youth
* [http://www.taloali.org/ Camp Taloali website.]
* [http://www.iadeaf.org/nad_news.htm Illinois Association of the Deaf] on "what's so special about NAD YLC." Quotes:: "YLC has graduated over 2,000 alumni. Many NAD YLC alumni have become leaders and advocates for the deaf and hard of hearing community."
* [http://dntv.deafnation.com/t/dntv.asp?articleid=361&zoneid=12 DeafNation road trip] by two former YLC campers included a visit to YLC. Quotes:: "The Youth Leadership Camp has been a staple in developing the Deaf youth of America. Almost anyone in the Deaf community could name someone who has gone to the camp."
* [http://www.i711.com/my711.php?tab=2&article=84 Discussion of costs and merits of YLC and other deaf youth leadership camps] on the i711.com
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