I hope you all had fabulous weekends. I definitely enjoyed mine. I am in desperate need to catch up on the sleep I missed out on, but oh well that is college for you. I would like to tell you about a program I have recently been involved with called LdOut. I am a mentor for high school students. There are six other Hope students on a team that mentors a group of Juniors in high school. Our team’s purpose is to teach leadership skills to juniors in high school for five weeks. Each Hope student is in charge of planning one week’s topic about leadership. I have the topic of accountability and will be leading our group next Monday, when we go to mentor. I have been doing LdOut for three weeks now. I have enjoyed getting to know the high school students and participate in the leadership activities with them. The thing I think is cool about LdOut is that when we are done mentoring the juniors, they will go and teach what we taught them to 7th graders. We will give them our lesson plans at the end of the five weeks, and then they will follow our format and teach the 7th graders. This is a fairly new program to Hope, and I am so glad I have been able to be apart of it.
On Saturday, the juniors and 7th graders who are in the program were able to come and visit Hope. We picked them up from their school and then they came and ate in Phelps dining hall. After lunch, we gave them a tour of the college. Then we all watched the Women’s basketball team win to Albion. It was a great game. During half time, all of the students were brought on the basketball court, and President Boltman gave a presentation about the LdOut program. The students all received a LdOut t-shirt, and then we all walked off the court together. It was a great day, and the students really enjoyed visiting Hope.
Hope offers endless opportunities for its students to get involved. I really like the LdOut program and plan to do it again next year!
Have a great week!