Leadership Opportunities for Teens (LOFT)
LOFT is a great opportunity for high school and college-bound teens interested in a leadership experience away from home with their peers. This program is designed for participants to develop skills in individual leadership, teamwork, understanding group dynamics and communication, public speaking, and self advocacy. LOFT provides a supportive and structured environment in which participants increase their self confidence and understanding of their own strengths and abilities through activities designed to challenge them to work outside of their comfort zone. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) is provided during classroom sessions. LOFT counselors are AG Bell members who are adults living with hearing loss.
LOFT is designed for high school students with hearing loss. In order to be eligible for this program, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
- The teen must have a prelingual bilateral hearing loss in the mild to profound range. Unilateral hearing loss does not qualify.
- Spoken communication must be the teen’s primary mode of communication.
- At the time of submitting the application, the teen must be in high school.
Learn about members of past LOFT classes (PDF)
Read about the LOFT 2011 program (PDF)