YWCA Wheeling Youth Board to Hold Leadership Retreat

November 10, 2017; Wheeling, WV – The YWCA Wheeling Youth Board is hosting a Leadership Challenge Retreat with a goal to offer hands-on leadership training with interactive workshops. The program will be full of challenging team and individual activities.  There will be  opportunities to socialize and network with other students as well as community leaders from throughout the Ohio Valley.  Participants will also work on a variety of community service projects and can earn up to six service hours and eight service learning hours.  Topics that will be covered include leadership styles and traits, communication skills, goal setting,  team building, conflict resolution, interviewing, resume development,  risk taking, project planning, money management and much more.

The leadership retreat, which will be held at the Kiwanis Fresh Air Farm in Triadelphia, WV, from December 27th through December 30th,   is open to 50 high school age girls throughout the Ohio Valley and five college students who will participate as advisors.  All participants will receive community service and service learning hours.  There is NO cost for students to attend.  Students will be asked to bring:  Bedding (Beds are provided but bring pillow, twin sheets, blanket, or sleeping bag),  clothes, personal care items and medicines.  All supplies and food will be provided.

The YWCA Wheeling’s Youth Board was created in 2016 with the assistance of the Women’s Giving Circle of the Community Foundation and under the tutelage of Laura Carter, who trained the Board on Robert’s Rules of Order, how to run meetings, make motions and perform as an active contributing Board of Directors.

In November of 2016, the efforts of the Youth Board were enhanced by a Comcast Foundation Grant.  The grant from the Comcast Foundation was in recognition of Comcast’s commitment to the communities where its customers and employees live and work.  Since its founding in 1999, the Comcast Foundation has distributed more than $163 million in cash support of programs implemented locally in Comcast communities.  Comcast has been a year-round partner of the YWCA Wheeling as recipients of the Comcast Cares Day and Comcast Newsmakers.

In addition, the YWCA Wheeling Youth Board presented at the most recent “Show of Hands” and walked away with the biggest award in the event’s  history.  The monies won through that event will help pay for the Leadership Retreat materials.

YWCA Wheeling Youth Board Members accept Show of Hands award to help with the Leadership Retreat materials. Pictured L-R Maryann Lapp; Danielle Coleman; Emily Croft; Nicole Billie; Grace Taylor

For information and to register, please visit our website at www.ywcawheeling.org or call 304.232.0511.

##The YWCA Wheeling is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen our community.##

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