WHAT IS THE EI LEADERSHIP CAMP
The EI leadership camp is a one week summer training full of educational activities that empowers immigrant youth from low-income household to become leaders of today.
The daily schedule is filled with a variety of activities supervised by a dedicated staff. Engaging activities geared towards stimulating interests in math and science, leadership development, building cross-cultural competence skills, educational, and life-training skills keeps delegates involved throughout the day. Students participate in the development of lessons as the week progress with a typical day beginning with a morning leadership or a cultural competency session for about an hour and a half. Followed by a break, a speaker comes to converse with students on leadership and/or Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, and Mental Wellness (STEAM2). Students gather together and incorporate what they have learned immediately through afternoon activities and “teach back” to the whole staff and other youth; afterward, more leadership, mental wellness (STEAM2) sessions follow before dinner.
As the week advances, the students are motivated and comfortable enough to share their cultural differences and thoughts in activities such as: debriefing, “report back,” “speak easy” and group interaction. The students become reflective on their goals in life as they engage in activities and make comparative associations between home and school life in regards to cultural values, goal setting, expectations and friends. Conducted in an awesome setting like the 4-H Conference Center (Chevy Chase, Maryland), lends itself to historical engagement and lots of good food and happy camper.
Students become aware of the program through local organizations and education professionals who select students in grades 7th-12th who meet the recommended grade point average and the following requirements:
- Enrolled in junior high and high school within the United States of America and its territories during the time Enlightened Initiative is in session.
- 2.5 GPA or higher.
- Must have health and accidental health insurance.
- From a socio-economic disadvantaged background.