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CSD Announces Enrollment Beginning for Annual Deaf/Hard of Hearing Youth Leadership Camp

Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Release date: 2/4/2010

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National Leadership and Literacy Camp is now taking applicants for the upcoming summer camps structured on building tomorrow’s deaf leaders.

CSD and the National Leadership and Literacy Camp (NLLC) are now accepting deaf and hard of hearing students for their annual summer camps. The NLLC, which brings together gifted deaf and hard of hearing students to sharpen their literacy and journalism skills along with their leadership abilities, offers two separate programs. The NLLC program for 9th-12th graders will be held from June 27– July 10, and the NLLC program for 5th-8th graders will be from July 11-24, both located at CSD’s Camp Lakodia, in Madison, S.D.
 
This year’s NLLC program is being directed by none other than Frank Turk, affectionately known as the “Father of Deaf Youth in America,” who, for more than 50 years, has shared his development philosophy and leadership principles with schools and programs for the deaf and hard of hearing people all across America. Turk will be assisted by Chelsea Tobin Paulson, a college senior and former Miss Deaf America (2006-08), who will coordinate day-by-day program activities.

The camp’s mission is to prepare — through a challenging learning environment — each child for a meaningful and productive life in a competitive and ever-changing world. Daily program activities are carefully planned so as to develop a social-educational climate specific to the development of basic personal autonomy, appropriate future aspirations and positive participation in society. Located on the shores of Lake Herman, there is also plenty of outdoor and water activities available to the youth while they experience this unique and innovative camp.

The NLLC is organized around three thrusts: Camp Council, the student-run governing body of the program; Leadership and Literacy Classes, featuring discussions, debates and lectures on topics such as semantics of language arts, idioms, and colloquialisms, along with utilizing the strengths of your team members to cultivate leaders; and Mentorship Class, focusing on peer group development and how it pertains to socialization in school and in life.

“As an organization by, of and for the deaf, CSD is proud to provide a much-needed resource for today’s underserved deaf and hard of hearing youth,” said Ben Soukup, CSD chief executive officer. “It’s truly amazing seeing these campers redefine their potential once they graduate from the NLLC and understand there is nothing — including deafness — holding them back from achieving their goals in life.” 

To find out more information or fill out an application for the NLLC, downloadable forms are available at www.nllcamp.com. For those in financial need, CSD and the NLLC also have a limited number of Frank Turk Scholarships available, and these scholarships are based on both scholastic achievement and their family’s income level. That scholarship form can also be found at the NLLC Web site.
 
About NLLC — The National Leadership and Literacy Camp (NLLC) fosters intellectual and personal growth and development through activities that embrace the social, physical, intellectual, communicative and emotional (SPICE) domains of learning and becoming. The mission of this program is to prepare - through a challenging learning environment - each child for a meaningful and productive life in a competitive and ever-changing world. Daily program activities are carefully planned so as to develop a social-educational climate specific to the development of basic personal autonomy, appropriate future aspirations and positive participation in society. For more information about the NLLC, go to: http://www.nllcamp.com.