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Tuesday Update

All three programs are in full swing!

  1. ALS

Yesterday’s workshop was GRIT, with Ben and Jessica. Their “stick-to-it-tiveness” was tested as they explored the common pitfalls of challenging situations, learned and practiced strategies to enhance their own grit, and explored the power of having grit. “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things. Not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” – JFK

Most of the afternoon was spent on their project with Baltimore Corps. Games, tuning, and rec time also took place. The evening activity was a continuation of the “grit” theme – they played and Escape Room game.

2. Bridge

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Delegates began with a workshop on Perspective, facilitated by Michael Hagan. Delegates examined gaps in perspective within their own group, considered perspectives beyond those held by their group, analyzed factors that widen perspective gaps, and developed strategies to bridge those gaps.

Their second workshop was Diversity, with Youcef and Libby. Delegates identified barriers to understanding diversity, distinguished between equality and equity, and examined the sources of privilege. Finally, they defined and explored intersectionality and how it impacts their own group.

Much of the afternoon was spent working on their practicum project. Games, tuning, and recreation time also took place. The evening activity was games facilitated by office staffer Courtney.

3. Journey

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The journey girls had a big day! They took a field trip to Echo Hill Outdoor School where they accomplished outdoor obstacle courses and high ropes activities as team building and self-esteem building activities.

There was still time for Tuning and some games once they got back to Washington College. The evening activity was all about Inner and Outer Beauty, as delegates explored what positive traits, inside and out, each of them possess.

Sunday and Monday Update!

Today is our first full day of programming for MLW Summer 2017! Our three smaller programs, Advanced Leadership Seminar (ALS), Bridge, and Journey are in full swing and we’ve never seen groups bond so quickly! Fast friendships have already been made.

SUNDAY

After saying good-by to family , delegates went on a tour of campus with their staff members, ended up in their creatively decorated group rooms, and played ice-breaker games. Each program then had their first round of workshops:

ALS Public Speaking Delegates reviewed effective strategies for delivering speeches as well as managing meetings and other interactive spaces. they also reflected on their personal challenges with public speaking and identified opportunities throughout the week where they could practice and provide one another with feedback to improve their skills. 170710_111607_9

Pictured above – ALS Delegates at Morning Sing

BridgeSelf, Expression, and Identity with Michael and Steph. Delegates identified components of self and identity, recognized various modes of self-expression, related authenticity to self and identity, and discussed obstacles to authentic self-expression and their sources.

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Pictured above – Bridge delegates in their first workshop

Journey What Does It Mean To Be A Female Leader? with Alison. Delegates examined the characteristics of leaders that they know and know of, recognized the development of women’s social and political rights throughout American History, identified challenges that women may face when taking on leadership roles, and discussed possible strategies to overcome the adversity that women face.

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Pictured above – Journey delegates in their third workshop

Bridge and ALS delegates were introduced to their practicum concept:

ALS – Delegates are partnering with Baltimore Corps, a social impact organization focused on a citywide approach to equity and racial justice.  ALS delegates will be investigating four challenges currently facing Baltimore and will design integrated solutions to these issues. They will then make recommendations for entities like the City Council and the Board of Education.

Bridge – Delegates are being tasked with creating an event that tells the story of their generation using creative self-expression. They will be asked to think about the biggest challenges facing their generation, what events have defined them, what issues/causes are important to their peer group, and more.

Our evening activity is an MLW “first night” tradition called Visions. Staff share a poem, song lyric, or other quote that is meaningful to them personally and also serves as a way for the delegates to learn more about them.

MONDAY

ALS

  • Workshop – SPARKS with Jessica and Nia: Delegates explored what gives them their “spark” – joy, energy, purpose, and direction. They identified what obstacles can dampen their spark, and what best nourishes it.
  • Evening Activity – our version of “Minute to Win It” games.
  • Small group coaching (what we call “Tuning”), team building activities, and more time spent on Practicum filled the rest of the day.

Bridge

  • Workshop – The Power of a Platform with Breana and Tres: Delegates learned about the benefits of an online platform, learned how to identify media bias, and developed online leadership and communication skills
  • Evening Activity – staff members shared their talents via mini-workshops on playing the drums, yoga, and dance.
  • Small group coaching (what we call “Tuning”), team building activities, and more time spent on Practicum filled the rest of the day.

Journey

  • Workshop One: Fundamentals of Leadership with Emily – Delegates created a list of skills that a leaders needs to be successful, recognized the importance of teamwork, identified the stages of group development, and practiced taking on different leadership roles.
  • Workshop Two: Building Healthy Relationships with Hemali and Oyin – Delegates learned about and evaluated what is and is not considered a healthy relationship, analyzed how our own action can affect others, and discussed how to maintain a relationship with others without compromising one’s own identity.
  • Introduction of Community Project – Delegates will learn about philanthropy, volunteering, the roles of non profit organizations in Howard County – specifically the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County – and select women leaders deserving of awards for their contributions to their community.
  • Evening activity – Zumba!
  • Small group coaching (what we call “Tuning) and team building activities rounded out the rest of the day.

Registered for MLW 2017? Get your Welcome Packet Here!

We’re so excited for MLW 2017 which is right around the corner! If you’ve registered for one of our programs, you can download your Welcome Packet below. It contains a welcome letter from your program directors, check-in details, packing list, campus map, and much more!

Bridge Welcome Packet

Journey Welcome Packet

MSEL Welcome Packet

SHW Welcome Packet

ALS Welcome Packet – available next week

Thanks to the Many #mlw13 Delegate Sponsors

MLW is committed to making the MLW Experience possible for any student, regardless of ability to pay. We awarded over $25,000 in scholarships in 2013. In addition, a number of Local Education Authorities, individual schools, and other entities provide support directly to their students to enable them to attend.  We’d like to thank all our sponsors for investing in their students and benefiting the entire program through their support.

If you are interested in sponsoring students from your community in 2014, please contact the MLW office at office@mlw.org.

  • Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils
    • Severna Park Middle School
  • Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Calvert County Public Schools
    • Patuxent High School
  • Board of Education of Caroline County
    • Colonel Richardson High School
  • Board of Education of Carroll County/CCSGA
    • Liberty High School
    • Manchester Valley High School
    • Century High School
    • Francis Scott Key High School
  • Cecil County Public Schools
  • Charles County Public Schools
  • Frederick High School (Frederick)
  • Urbana Middle School (Frederick)
  • Howard County Public Schools
    • River Hill High School
    • Hammond High School
  • Montgomery Village Middle School (Montgomery)
  • Paint Branch High School (Montgomery)
  • Prince George’s County Public Schools
  • Queen Anne’s Public Schools
  • St. Mary’s Public Schools
  • Talbot County Public Schools
  • Washington County Public Schools
  • Worcester County Public Schools
  • Maryland Association of Student Councils
  • Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School
  • Mid Shore Community Foundation

Tuition currently covers approximately 2/3 of the cost of the program. The balance is covered through grants such as the State Aided Educational Institution Grant (SAI) we receive through the Maryland State Department of Education as well as individual tax deductible contributions.  To donate, visit our Support MLW page.

For Immediate Release – 2013 MLW Programs A Huge Success!

Share your success with people in your community. Here is a press release you can cut and paste. Send it to local newspapers, listservs and other outlets who are interested in supporting young leaders in your community!

#mlw13journey #mlw13als #mlw13msel #mlw13shw

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Ilaya R. Hopkins, Executive Director (301-444-8623)

Area students complete transformational leadership training programs provided by Maryland Leadership Workshops, Inc (MLW)

Germantown, MD  (August 5, 2013) — Maryland Leadership Workshops, Inc. (MLW), a 58 year old non-profit organization dedicated to student leadership development, announced today that over 350 middle and high school students from across the State of Maryland graduated from its residential leadership training programs held at Washington College in Chesterown, MD.  Eliot Pfanstiehl, Chair of MLW’s Board of Directors, made the announcement.

MLW’s programs transform middle school and high school students from every Maryland region into catalysts for positive change in their schools and communities.  Students engage in reflective, interactive, creative and fun activities to expand their leadership repertoire.  Students emerge from MLW’s programs confident, inspired, motivated and empowered with the skills necessary to realize their educational and human potential.

Maryland Leadership Workshops’ programs are designed for both experienced student leaders and those who show motivation to lead in their homes, schools, and communities.  Dr. Nancy Grasmick, former Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, has remarked, “MLW, Maryland’s premier provider of leadership training, consistently empowers youth to exercise leadership within their schools and community and achieve success in all facets of their lives.”

MLW believes that every problem, issue, and challenge faced by society can be addressed through leadership.  Youth are society’s greatest resource.  Through leadership MLW empowers youth to exercise leadership today and to become our leaders of tomorrow.  In proud partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education, the Maryland Association of Student Councils and Leadership Maryland, MLW is a catalyst for bringing together and strengthening schools and communities throughout Maryland.

Information on the MLW student from your circulation area:

Name:___________________________________

City of Residence:__________________________

Phone Number:____________________________

Age:________                  Grade_______________

School:___________________________________

Maryland Leadership Workshops, Inc. (MLW) is a not-for-profit educational organization that has been providing leadership training programs to Maryland middle school and high school students since 1955.  MLW is in proud partnership with the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC), Leadership Maryland and the Maryland State Department of Education. Please visit our website at www.mlw.org.

 

News Flash! Wait lists for Core Programs!

At this point, all 2013 MLW Core Programs (ALS, MSEL, SHW) are full. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please email office@mlw.org and include in the subject line the program (MSEL or SHW) and WAITLIST REQUEST.

For confirmed applicants, summer packets will be sent in the mail next week with program information, a packing list and directions to Washington College.

To find out about the 2014 application, subscribe to the MLW Email updates on our home page.  Emails are sent out periodically throughout the year and announce when the application is available (most likely January 2014).

2013 Medical Forms HERE

Are you a 2013 delegate attending a core program (ALS, MSEL, SHW) or Journey?  Be sure to complete and return the 2013 MLW Medical Forms.  Forms can be mailed to:

MLW , P.O. Box 1792, Germantown, MD 20875

MLW is a Certified Youth Camp through the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and part of that certification is the requirement of collecting this information.  The forms require emergency contact information (other than parent/guardian), brief health history, health care provider’s signature and contact information on the over the counter medication and prescription medication forms, a copy of your immunization record and a photocopy (front and back) of your health insurance card.

You can download the forms from the Apply/General Guidelines section of the website at http://mlw.org/index.php/application-information/general-guidelines.

 

2012 Delegates Share Their Thanks

Excerpts from thank you letters written by 2012 Core Program delegates who received MLW Scholarship Fund support.

“You gave me an experience to work with other leaders…Thank you for believing in me…”

“Thank you for giving me this opportunity. These skills that I learned in one week will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

“I have been given many leadership opportunities in the past, but none of which I could afford and that is why I love MLW. They allow me to attend their camp even if I am not financially capable…By awarding me this scholarship you have lightened my financial burden. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community.”

“Being a part of SHW this year has definitely been an honor and will affect me in the future… Without your help I would not be the leader I am now.”

“I would like to take this time to thank you from the bottom of my heart. This Week has been amazing and as a person I have learned, grew, and succeeded. The lessons I learned throughout the week will stay with me for a life time, and its all thanks to every staffer at MLW.”

“I have only been to two programs but in just those two weeks you have effectively completely changed my life. MLW is the reason I am involved in student council. It has instilled values into me that I will care with me throughout the rest of my life.”

“Like many things in life, hard work can get you far, but it is the blessings and thoughtfulness of others who can help get you even further-the camp wouldn’t have been possible without you. Period.”

“I am so grateful for this opportunity and this organization should know they have changed a young girl for the better. I hope this organization keeps doing what they are because this is truly a remarkable program.”

“MLW definitely was a beautiful experience and the program was fantastic. Thank you again for your contribution and allowing me to participate in the program.”

“Thank you so much for sponsoring me to come here…This week has truly changed my life and my perspective. Now I know that I can actually do something.”

“I cannot express how much I appreciate your support and assistance. I have truly had one of the best experiences of my life, and I had never been so in tune with what leadership is until now.”

“Thank you very much, very, very, very, very, very, very much. I had quite the experience this week I learned a lot, that what I will really take away this week, the knowledge I learned…So thank you once again. I love you MLW.”

“I honestly experienced one of my greatest experiences in my life and I have you, MLW to thank for that.”

“This program made me improve on being a leader as well as a person in general. I appreciate all the support and belief in me. Thanks again.”

“This week has been a great experience because I feel different, inspired, touched, and happy. I would not have been able to come to this camp if it weren’t for your help.”

Donate to the 2013 MLW Scholarship Fund at https://givecorps.com/en/baltimore/projects/407-maryland-leadership-workshops-inc-inspire-students-to-lead-with-mlw

Welcome to the new mlw.org!

If you have logged on to mlw.org, you might notice things look a little different. We have a new layout and design that we hope makes navigating the site quick and easy. There is still great information about our mission, history, partnerships and programs (both Core and Community Outreach). New features include an on-line application for core programs and a shopping cart to pay tuition, buy MLW active wear and make tax deductible charitable contributions.  Take a tour, be sure to click on the photos on the home page for some great videos, and provide any and all feedback to office@mlw.org.  Happy MLW surfing!