Young Leaders Program

FAQ

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How do I reach my child if there is an emergency?        1

Where will we stay?        1

What will we eat?        1

Can friends/family visit me?        1

Do I need a doctor’s physical?        1

What kinds of items should I bring?        1

Can I bring a cell phone?        1

If I drive to Young Leaders Program, is there a place to park my car?        2

What will I need to do if I have to leave early?        2

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I may have to arrive after the check-in line is closed. What should I do?        2

What time are we dismissed on Sunday?        2

Can I leave campus during the week?        2

How much money do I need to bring?        3

My friends and I are coming to Young Leaders Program. What are the chances of us rooming together?        3

Can I do Laundry while at Young Leaders Program?        3

I am diabetic. Is that a problem?        3

I assume alcohol, tobacco, and drugs are not allowed at Young Leaders Program?        4

What happens if I break a rule?        4

What happens if I break a law (simulation)?        4

What happens if I break a law (real world)?        4

How do staff and students communicate with each other at camp?        4

What services are available on campus?        4

How do I reach my child if there is an emergency?

In order for camp staff to be able to be of support to you and your child, please contact Superintendent Stephan Price at 503-893-8939 before you contact your child. After that, you may also contact them if they are carrying a cell phone.  Otherwise, he will arrange for them to call you as soon as possible.

Where will we stay?

Students stay in the dorms at Willamette University.  Typically, students will have one roommate, but possibly can have two roommates.  Some rooms are equipped with bunk beds.  Students are housed according to the gender they indicate on the registration form.  Dorms are handicap accessible and also have both traditional bathrooms and single-individual bathrooms available for use.  Please indicate any special access needs you may have on the registration form.

What will we eat?

Students eat three meals per day in the Goudy Dining Hall on the Willamette Campus.  This food service is provided by Bon Appetit.  Options are available for each meal that are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.  Additional food options are available upon request.  Please be sure to indicate special food needs on the registration form.

Can friends/family visit me?

Yes, friends/family may visit.  However, in order to maintain the integrity of the program and avoid disruption to instruction, we ask that you limit your visits to predetermined times. Please contact The Superintendent prior to any visits so as to not disrupt the student while in the performance of their duties. Please also refrain from texting or otherwise communicating with family and friends. Focus on the program and you will have more fun and be more successful.

Do I need a doctor’s physical?

A Doctor’s Physical, is highly recommended. However, we do not require proof, as the student's parents certify to health of the student on the Unified Signature Form.

What kinds of items should I bring?

See the How to Prepare for Young Leaders Program page: http://www.ylprogram.org/resources/prepare 

Can I bring a cell phone?

Yes, phones are allowed.  However, use of cellular telephones is restricted to appropriate times and places.  Additionally, common sense and courtesy are required. Violations may result in revocation of this privilege or program dismissal.  Cell phone usage is regulated by the rules: http://www.ylprogram.org/resources/rules Please familiarize yourself with cell phone rules prior to coming to camp.

If I drive to Young Leaders Program, is there a place to park my car?

Yes. The fee for parking for the week is $20.  During check-in you will be given a card to put on your dash with specific parking instructions in the Spark Field parking lot. Afterwards, you must turn in your keys to the Superintendent or his designee during check-in.

Temporary parking during registration and graduation for parents and visitors is free (during weekends).

What will I need to do if I have to leave early?

If you attend, you are required to attend the entire program until graduation. If you cannot attend the entire week, please do not apply. Exceptions to the policy must be approved in advance by The Superintendent.

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I may have to arrive after the check-in line is closed. What should I do?

As soon as you know you will be arriving late, contact the Superintendent at 503.893.8939.

What time are we dismissed on Sunday?

The Sunday after the program is a day for students to pack-up, say goodbye, and check-out.  

Families are invited to attend the graduation brunch from 10:30-noon.  RSVP for family members is required.

After that, students may check-out, turn in their keys, and depart.  Check-out is from noon-1PM.

Can I leave campus during the week?

We take occasional field trips to the capital or other venues as authorized by The Superintendent. Otherwise, you must remain on campus the entire time.   Exceptions must be specifically authorized by the Superintendent.

Students are not allowed to go beyond campus boundaries unless specifically approved by The Superintendent. The boundaries are State Street to the North, 12th Street SE to the East, Highway 22/99E to the South, and Winter Street SE to the West.  Students going beyond those boundaries without specific permission will be dismissed from the program.

How much money do I need to bring?

While the program provides three meals each day, most students bring money to purchase snacks at night.  For example, a can of soda or a candy bar costs $1 each.  Souvenirs, extra shirts, etc. are also available to purchase, subject to availability.  

My friends and I are coming to Young Leaders Program. What are the chances of us rooming together?

One of the major benefits of the program is the chance to meet and network with new friends. The only exception to this are due to medical issues, which must be approved by the Superintendent.  As such, it is unlikely you will be roomed together.  

Can I do Laundry while at Young Leaders Program?

Yes!  In fact, we would appreciate it!  Coin-operated laundry facilities are available on campus and in some of the dorms.  Also, if you don’t have laundry soap, we sell that at the Young Leaders Program store.

I am diabetic. Is that a problem?

No. This is our standard protocol for students with diabetes:

*Or a Senior Staff Member, if the Medic is unavailable.

I assume alcohol, tobacco, and drugs are not allowed at Young Leaders Program?

A good assumption. But in case you were wondering, if you are caught in possession of, or using alcohol or drugs, you will be sent home immediately. This includes Vaporizers, chew, marijuana in any form, or unauthorized drugs. We will contact your parents, sponsor etc. and explain to them why you are being sent home and why their fees will not be refunded.

What happens if I break a rule?

Young Leaders Program expects you to be safe, respectful, and responsible while engaging fully in the program.  If you demonstrate that you cannot do that, then you cannot be at Young Leaders Program.  The rules are here: http://www.ylprogram.org/resources/rules

Therefore, for most violations of the rules, there is only one penalty:  you will be dismissed from the program and sent home.  (Please don’t break any rules!  We don’t want to send you home!)

What happens if I break a law (simulation)?

Laws are part of the simulation and any consequences are handled within the simulation as well.

What happens if I break a law (real world)?

Breaking a real-world law invokes real world consequences, and is also a violation of the Rules (be safe, be respectful, be responsible).  Don’t break a real-world law!

How do staff and students communicate with each other at camp?

All students are automatically subscribed to the Remind app.  This communication tool allows students to contact the Superintendent directly and also allows for mass text messaging from the Superintendent to all students.

Additionally, Young Leaders Program uses Google Apps for Education and as a result has access to the new Hangouts Chat and Meet.  Your student can access those apps to communicate with other students and staff.  More information is available here:  https://get.google.com/chat/

What services are available on campus?

All services are located on the first floor of Putnam Hall.

Young Leaders Program FAQ