The Ultimate LMTI Experience
The cornerstone of the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute experience is a five-day Summer Leadership Conference, held annually at YMCA Camp Ralph Mason in beautiful Hardwick, NJ. The Summer Leadership Conference is an opportunity for high school students from throughout New Jersey to come together for a week to learn new concepts, develop confidence in themselves and their abilities, and gain the tools and skills necessary to create a positive impact in their schools and communities.
The Summer Leadership Conference is ideally suited for groups of students who plan to work together following the conclusion of the week. Students will be working together to develop custom Action Plans- strategies that positively address specific challenges in their schools and/or communities. Students can, however, attend the conference by themselves or with a friend or two. Our staff will be happy to help individuals establish programs in their school or community!
Here’s what you can expect:
LMTI keynote presenters have been carefully selected to insure the highest levels of quality, creativity, and effectiveness. Participants will have the opportunity to see and interact with national as well as local presenters who are known for their unconventional and nontraditional presentation styles. Don’t expect any lectures – get ready for dynamic and enthusiastic comedians, musicians, and actors who address topics such as leadership, diversity, self-esteem, and alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
Small Group Discussions
All LMTI participants will be randomly placed into small group discussion groups called “Process Groups.” This enables student leaders to meet new people and to openly discuss topics that are presented during the course of the LMTI week. These discussions are facilitated by adult volunteers and/or trained college staff and are designed to build skills, friendships, and self-esteem while encouraging networking among youth from diverse backgrounds and other areas of the state.
Action Planning Sessions
At least once a day, participants will meet with the students from their own school/community to develop a prevention plan to implement back home. Students will have the chance to candidly identify risk and protective factors in their school/community.
One of the teambuilding highlights of the Summer Leadership Conference is participation in an ASE (Action Socialization Experience) low ropes challenge course. This unique experience will help foster group cohesion and individual
Workshop topics have been carefully developed to introduce advisors and participants to additional skills and resources to enhance their current prevention efforts. Participants and advisors gain access to all materials needed to utilize these programs in their schools and communities. Participants leave these experiential workshops with increased knowledge as well as tools to use in their Action Groups.
Free Time & Other Activities
Each day of the conference is packed with activities designed to facilitate personal growth and information gathering, but there is also time each day to relax, swim, play games, and participate in both structured and unstructured fun activities.
Peer-Driven Learning Experiences
Student leaders at Summer Leadership Conference are given the chance to meet with and learn from other prevention leaders throughout the state. Participants share ideas for prevention programming in an exciting and energized environment- and make a ton of long lasting friendships, all at the same time!
LMTI is dedicated to providing participants with an experience that reflects the diversity of New Jersey. Students will have the rare and unique chance to interact and network with students from communities other than their own, gaining insight to the similarities that exist and respect for the differences.