Junior Leadership Program

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 BYA Junior Leadership Program


-        This program is designed specifically to provide holistic mindful leadership training for teenagers ages 15 to 18 to learn how to embrace and practice mindful leadership skills through various seminars, workshops, and hand-on personal and group projects.  Through these activities, which help to bring out passion, confidence, leadership, and compassion, each individual shall be able to explore his or her potential and be prepared for entering the world.  As a result, it will help youth members to improve their concentration in school, their physical flexibility, their life-balancing and leadership skills as well as their communication and interaction skills with friends, families, and the community.
PROGRAM LENGTH:  On going every Summer
-     During the summer months, all registered junior leaders will participate in one full Saturday/Sunday of various activities every month from 10am to 4pm with lunch provided.  You may also get to camp overnight for a whole weekend in a beautiful, cozy, fully equipped facility up at Harmony Pines Camp & Retreat Center.
-     During the school years, all registered junior leaders will volunteer once a month on a Saturday in a BYA Children's Program to continue learning and improving their leadership skills. 
-     In addition, there will also be opportunities to sharpen your leadership skills through our Junior Camp Staff and Camp Staff Leader programs for BYA Summer Camps in July, through our affiliated Bodhi Summer School program, and also through the Mindful Philanthropy projects locally or internationally.  You will also be provided with peer support and mentoring throughout the program as well as with earning volunteer hours for college application or gaining experience for your future career. 
Guest Speakers:  Besides BYA spiritual advisors Thay Tu Luc, Thay Hang Truong, Thay Phap Dung, Thay Phap Hai, Sister Chau Yoder, we also are working with many other respectable Venerable and Dharma Teachers from Kim Son Monastery and Deer Park Monastery; as well as subject matter experts from SoCal Universities and Toastmaster.

Proposed Activities:  Fun and meaningful activities are to be incorporated throughout the program in various forms. 

-        Learning through team building exercises, workshops on stress management and peer pressure.
-        Self-exploration through mind body communication, meditation, and mindfulness practice.
-        Achieving physical well-being, flexibility towards changes and boosting diversity, tolerance and respect through hiking, outdoor adventures, nature walks, integral tai-chi, and yoga
-        Character building through educational games, life-skill training, cultural promotions with music, dance, singing, and special topic presentations
-        Practicing gratitude and authenticity by befriending the Earth through healthy green living and environmental sustainability projects
-        Leadership development through change agent projects, community service projects and fieldtrips
Parent Participation: We would like to invite all parents to participate in a mindfulness day on the same Saturdays with the teens at Harmony Pines.  Your assistance and volunteering at the camp are also greatly appreciated.

BYA Contact Info:  General Office Phone: 931-BYA-CAMP – Fax: 909-753-0359 – 

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