The 2018 Summer Leadership Retreat “YOVASO Heroes” took place June 18-21 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. This year’s was full of exciting, motivational, and educational activities that helped prepare teens and adult advisors to lead effective peer-to-peer clubs for youth traffic safety.
Students and sponsors attended multimedia presentations, participated in hands-on activities, and enjoyed a variety of speakers, workshops, and interactive sessions. Highlights and new features included StreetSafe, a behind-the-wheel driving experience to teach young drivers how to be safer and more responsible; presentations on the emerging issue of drug impaired driving; and Mallory’s Story, a family’s journey of ongoing recovering from a crash that injured their young daughter. Social events will were held nightly, including a social at Taylor Down Under, talent show, trivia night, and Amazing Race, “Superhero” style. Schools also had time to meet and begin action planning for the upcoming school year.
The retreat also featured YOVASO’s annual Awards Banquet honoring schools, students, sponsors, SROs, and volunteers for outstanding teen safe driving initiatives during the 2017-2018 school year.
Interested in attending the 2019 YOVASO Summer Leadership Retreat? Check back in the spring for registration information and more details! YOVASO will continue to charge a small $25 registration fee* per person, or a discounted team fee of $125 for a team of 6 students and one sponsor. This fee helps to offset the cost of retreat materials that aren’t funded under our grant and increase attendance accountability for those who register. This will also enable us to continue providing t-shirts, backpacks, and lanyards and help us recover some of the dorm room and meal costs for any no shows. If you’re attending with a school or youth group, your sponsor will provide you with instructions on how to handle the student registration fee. Check with he/she on how the fee will be collected or if you will be responsible for directly sending the check to YOVASO. If you have been instructed to pay the fee directly, please make the check out to YOVASO and mail to the YOVASO Office at the address below. There is no online payment option. Please write the name of the student/s the fee will cover on the check or on an attachment *Retreat youth leaders will not be charged the $25 fee.
If you have questions about the Summer Leadership Retreat, please contact YOVASO’s Program Manager, Mary King.
Pictures from the 2018 YOVASO Summer Leadership Retreat: