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Lantern Year - Learning to Lead Others

The second C5 year is where our students are asked to take charge and work in concert with others. They are given responsibilities for decisions and group management. Their organizational skills are strengthened, their self-confidence is developed, and they lead others in supportive relationships.

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C5 Lantern Experience

In the second summer, participants build on the skills they acquired in their first year. Once again participants are away from home for 25 days in an outdoor learning environment. C5 participants practice providing leadership for the first-year participants and engage in a series of leadership challenges that allow them to test their ability to lead and work effectively in groups.

Their skill development focuses on processes including:

  • conflict management
  • ethics of leadership
  • public speaking
  • group dynamics

Among these challenges is an outdoor adventure trek that engages participants in stepping out of their comfort zone and trying out their skills in a new environment. The focus of the Lantern Leadership U is to introduce a variety of ways youth can apply leadership skills to enhance group functioning. Youth are called on to put skills together into processes. A module specific structured journal is provided as a self awareness tool for youth. These modules prepare youth for the planning, project management, and decision making responsibilities they will engage in over the remaining three years of the program.