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.
Location and Dates
Two sessions of LOFT are being planned; each session can accommodate 20 teens. Holding both sessions is dependent upon the number of applications and funding.
Session 1: July 1-5, 2014 in Orlando, Florida
Session 2: July 7-11, 2014 in Orlando, Florida
The Program Fee of $875 per registrant covers lodging, all meals, snacks, activity fees, and ground transportation from arrival to departure. A credit card is required to cover any incidental expenses the teen may incur at the hotel. Families who may need financial assistance should look at the scholarship application in the next section.
Applications were due by March 5, 2014.
Please Note - Due to the growing popularity of and the increased demand for this program, more applications are received than can be accommodated each year; submission of an application is not a guarantee for program participation. Applicants will be notified via email on March 31, 2014 whether or not they have been selected for LOFT 2014. Applicants who are not selected for this year’s program are strongly encouraged to apply in future years.
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.