||"I think this leadership program was
one of the greatest experiences of my life. I have learned so much
from so many different people!" - Stacey
""I have been involved in public and private education since
1968. The Healthy Lifestyles Leadership Camp (Creative Youth Leadership
Program) is the most powerful educational experience I have ever
witnessed, from the perspective of both student and facilitator.
It provided truly life-changing opportunities for both.
One of the most compelling aspects of the camp was the culture
of trust it created. One student called it "magic."
Other students realized it was the combination of many factors:
the leadership, the many trust-building activities, and the unique
and healthy diet that was offered.
Students entered the first experience of the camp with great
trepidation. At the end of the week, they were eager to try new
activities to further expand their "growing edges."
Perhaps the most powerful testimony to student involvement was
what they did when they returned to school following the camp.
They had a strong desire to make their schools and communities
safer and more trusting. They became skilled leaders in a very
I was able to see the power of the camp in two different educational
settings: one rural and the other suburban. The positive outcomes
were the same, regardless of student origin.
I have heard from many alumni since our first camp fifteen years
ago. To a person, they talk positively about how their lives changed
and how the skills they learned then still apply in their adulthood."
Dr. Paul Fields, Former Superintendent
Grand Island New York
Director, Educational Leadership Program
"What I learned was that our youth have the potential to lead
our world into new heights, not later, but NOW! With a safe environment
and the right tools, amazing positive energy can be released.
These growing ups give and give to each other and walk out of
this program energized and armed with the tools to change the
James Landry, Director, Dynamic Educators Network
"What’s so special about this program is that it’s
a safe, warm, loving place to grow, to get in touch with who you
are and think about how you can make the world more like this
program, It is a change to be exposed to countless new ideas.
It expands your world and your mind. There is also the time to
learn leadership and communication skills and to practice them,.
Some other things are a healthy diet, different forms of exercise
, forming a community of people from diverse backgrounds. It changes
Jean Campbell, Religion Teacher, Mt. Mercy Academy
"What I learned from this leadership program was how to
grow as a person. I learned how to open up better to others and
not be afraid of being myself. I learned how to focus and became
a better thinker. I learned how to be a better listener as well."
"This week was the best week I have had in a long time. It
was fun to get out in a new environment and meet new people. It
was worth missing OZZFEST. I loved IT!!!"
JClinton, Letchwerth High School
"Wow the power of voice canít even justify 'the magic' that
happened here. As an individual you are placed in an environment
that is full of love and compassion. Society often pasters into
our heads that the world will turn on you and to only love yourself.
How wrong that theory is, I was blessed with the opportunity to
be placed with nine amazing individuals who not only befriended
me, but loved me. To be able as an adolescent to let down oneís
guard is an extremely difficult task. However, the support,
compassion, understanding and just plain love that illuminated
off my family group allowed me to express some emotional
difficult situations. Thank you."
Amanda, Alden High School Student