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Leadership Opportunities for Teens (LOFT)

LOFT 2012 Junior EricLOFT 2010 Group CircleLOFT 2013 Emily Julia

About 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 pre-lingual 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.

LOFT 2015

LOFT 2015 will be held in the Washington, DC area. Please check this web page in December 2014 for more information and an application for the LOFT program in the summer of 2015.

To Learn More
These articles will help you to learn more about the LOFT program and its impact.
    LOFT 2011: Changing Lives, One Teen at a Time (pdf) 
    LOFTees: Where are They Now? (pdf)

Do you have questions?
Please send an email to Wendy Will, youth and family programs manager, with any questions you have about the program or the application.