Developing a Student's Leadership Voice
Explore strategies and action steps to grow student leadership skills.
Ever feel like you’re having to perform mental gymnastics as a facilitator? How do you help youth find their voice while at the same time balancing what it means to collaborate as a part of a team? Ritch Hochstetler and Ben Rheinheimer of ULEAD, a nonprofit which brings youth development training to youth, educators, companies, and foundations, will guide participants through a tangible development strategy with practical action steps for growing youth self-efficacy (confidence in their capabilities) and team building skills.
When Ritch isn't dreaming up new ways to stretch people's comfort zones, he loves kayaking, riding a screaming roller coaster, playing guitar, and hanging out with family. Ritch has innovated and delivered training experiences for youth and adults for over 30 years. Ritch is a graduate of Goshen College and of Fuller Seminary, with additional certifications in personal, leadership, and team development strategies.
Ben is an old man who loves to spend his time outdoors. Sometimes this happens by carrying a heavy backpack, a tent, and sleepig bag. Other times it's just a paddle down the river in his kayak. But when he isn't outside, he loves playing games: board games, video games, even sports. Ben has two daughters and a big, white, hairy dog that loves to be petted. The reason Ben loves working with kids is because he gets to have a little fun, laugh, and even learn some new things (like TikTok). One dream that Ben has is to spend an entire trip just backpacking in Europe.