The 2019 “Lights, Camera, YOVASO” Summer Leadership Retreat was a huge success! The exciting event took place June 17-20, 2019 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA and was centered around preparing stars for traffic safety. The four-day retreat included motivational and educational activities that prepared teens and adult advisors to lead effective peer-to-peer clubs for youth traffic safety.
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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 for 2019 included motivational speaker, Shaun Derik; a TEAM Challenge low ropes course; a session with Mallory’s Movement Against Drunk Driving on finding your passion; and workshops on public speaking and the power of advocacy. Social events were held nightly, including a social at Taylor Down Under, talent show, trivia night, and movie night. Special training sessions for club advisors and SROs were also held daily, and schools had time to meet and begin action planning for the upcoming school year. Amazing Race, “Cinema” style, was also back by popular demand!
In addition, the retreat featured YOVASO’s annual Awards Banquet honoring schools, students, sponsors, SROs, and volunteers for outstanding teen safe driving initiatives during the 2018-2019 school year.
Ever year the four-day, three-night retreat includes overnight accommodations, meals, sessions and materials. The dorm rooms, meeting rooms, and activity areas are all located on the campus of James Madison University and provide a safe environment for all participants.
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 (3775 W. Main St. Salem, VA 24153). 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: