Spotlight On: Virtual Summer Leadership Conference
Summer for the LMTI Staff is typically a time of organized chaos. We are usually surrounded by boxes of binders, reams of paper, bundles of yarn, piles of student applications, and some kind of large scale, last-minute-but-totally-necessary art project. Someone is usually sitting on the floor sorting beads, someone is usually tearing apart the closet looking for the leftover candles, and someone is usually pleading with the copy machine to work so we can finish printing name tags. While it may sound frenzied, this is the sweet spot of our jobs. This is where we thrive. We do all of this "before" work so that the minute we step onto the grounds at Camp Mason, we can watch the "after" unfold. The "after" belongs to our incredible youth. The "after" is the magic of those incredible youth pausing, reflecting, realizing, and celebrating the fact that they are capable of great things, and that they are deserving of love and goodness.
This year, our "before" has been anything but typical. Instead of being surrounded by mountains of camp supplies, we are surrounded by so many mixed emotions about the way things are right now. We know we are not alone in feeling like sometimes, these mountains of 2020, with all of their challenges and uncertainty, seem insurmountable. We all need the "after" of LMTI now, more than ever.
After so much careful and heartfelt discussion, we have put together an experience that we feel is going to get us as close as we can to Camp Mason without actually driving to Hardwick. We are committed to keeping you connected, motivated, and inspired at this time when we need it the most. We hope you will join us for what we know will be an uplifting and bright spot during these difficult times. Please check out the info below, and share with ANYONE you think could benefit from being a part of LMTI this summer. Thank you for your continued support and we will see you online soon!
If there is one word that is synonymous with LMTI, it's probably Leadership. The question is, how do we teach leadership? How can we take a concept that seems so abstract and make it something that everyone can understand, learn, and practice?
Self care is the practice of intentionally doing things to heal and replenish yourself emotionally, mentally, and physically, especially during times of stress. It is essential for everyone. When we pause to check in with ourselves and take steps to care for ourselves, we are better able to face challenges, overcome obstacles, and help the youth we work with.
We owe it to our youth, even though we may not be able to be physically with them right now, to give them our support and help them cope during this difficult time. The more we know about mental health ourselves, the more we can help our youth.
Youth engagement is at the heart of all we do at LMTI. We spend most of our time figuring out the most effective, most creative, and most FUN ways to give youth opportunities to develop the skills they need to make positive changes in their schools and communities.
LMTI is committed to lifting up and supporting our LGBTQ+ youth and alumni. The month of Pride may look different this year because of social distancing, but what's not different is the incredible courage, resiliency, and strength of the LGBTQ+ community.
After so much careful and heartfelt discussion, we have put together an experience that we feel is going to get us as close as we can to Camp Mason without actually driving to Hardwick. We are committed to keeping you connected, motivated, and inspired at this time when we need it the most.