2019 Conf Info

What is the Summer Conference About?

The Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Conference (RMYLC) provides an experiential and classroom educational forum for all attendees. The Conference provides an educational experience that develops leadership, patriotism and free enterprise competencies for young leaders. Distractions are kept to a minimum to accomplish the conference learning objectives.

Small Group Activities

In addition to informative and lively presentations by subject matter experts, experiential learning is accomplished through single tasking (rather than multi-tasking) where students develop concentration skills via competitive teamwork exercises (students are assigned to 8-10 person teams called Color Groups).   Collaboration and communication tools and strategies are also stressed. Single tasking promotes character, discipline, leadership and tempers procrastination.

Students at a Presentation

The RMYLC is held at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs over a five-day period (see below).  Students are housed in a college dormitory with group counsellors and other adults acting as chaperones.

What is the 2019 Conference Schedule?

The next conference will be held June 24-28, 2019.  Please note the below is still a draft schedule.

Day

Time

Event

Location

Mon, Day 1 8:00 – 10:00AM Registration/Unpack (Attendees should not arrive for registration earlier than 8:00AM). Cucharas Room 105
  10:00AM Color Group Bonding Small Group Rooms (SGR)
12:00 Noon Lunch Dining Facility
1:00PM Welcome & Orientation: Introduction of conference staff, overview of conference activities, and mutual expectations Kettle Creek Lecture Hall
2:00 – 3:00 PM Session 1: “Leadership and Ethics” –  Dave Keller Kettle Creek Lecture Hall
3:15-3:45PM Session 1 continued Kettle Creek Lecture Hall
3:45-4:15PM Student led Small Group Reflection SGR
4:30 – 5:00PM Flag Ceremony Briefing and Dinner Flag Pole/ Dining Facility
5:00PM Dinner Dining Hall
6:00PM Color Group Team Mixer Rec center
8:00PM Essay Assignment Dorm Room
10:30PM Lights Out (FIRM) Dorm Room
Tue, Day 2 7:00AM Greet the New Day Outside Dorm
7:45AM Flag Raising/Breakfast Flag Pole/Dining Facility
9:15 – 10:45AM Session 2: ”Free Enterprise System/Capitalism” – Lt Col Jonathan Murphy, US Air Force Kettle Creek Lecture Hall
10:45-11:15AM Student led Small Group Reflection SGR
11:15 – 11:45AM Session 3: “Leadership Session/Intro To Awesome Power”  – Steve Shambach Kettle Creek Lecture Hall
12:00 Noon Lunch Dining Facility
1:00 – 2:30 PM Session 4: “Student Leadership in the School and Community Setting”; Joe Sanders Kettle Creek Lecture Hall
2:45-3:15 PM
Student led Small Group Reflection
SGR
3:15-4:45 PM
Color Group Work on Awesome Power
SGR
5:00PM Flag Lowering Ceremony/Dinner Flag Pole/Dining Facility
6:30-8:00 PM Color Group Work on Awesome Power SGR
8:00-10:00 PM Organized Activity/Mixer/Teambuilding Kettle Creek Reception Hall
10:00PM Lights Out Dorm Room
Wed, Day 3 7:00AM Greet the New Day Outside Dorm
7:45AM Flag Raising/Breakfast Flag Pole/Dining Facility
9:00-10:00 AM Essay/Oral Presentation and Vote Kettle Creek Lecture Hall
10:00-12:15 PM Color Group Activity: Awesome Power In Process Review Kettle Creek Lecture Hall/SGRs
12:00 Noon Lunch Dining Facility
1:00 – 2:30 PM Session 5: “Patriots and Leadership” – Nathan Watanabe Kettle Creek Lecture Hall
2:45-3:15 PM Student led Small Group Reflection SGR
3:30- 4:45 PM Teambuilding Activities Gym
5:00PM Flag Lowering Ceremony/Dinner Flag Pole/Dining Facility
6:30 PM Color Group Activity: Awesome Power Problem Final Team Solution Kettle Creek Lecture Hall/SGR
7:30-10:00 PM Color Group Awesome Power Dress Rehearsal, 15 minutes each Kettle Creek Lecture Hall
10:00PM Lights Out Dorm Room
Thur, Day 4 7:00AM Greet the New Day Outside Dorm
7:45AM Flag Raising/Breakfast Flag Pole/Dining Facility
9:15 – 11:15 AM

 

Session 6: “Leadership and Patriotism as a POW” – Captain (ret)  Mike McGrath Kettle Creek Lecture Hall
11:15-11:45 Student led Small Group Reflection SGR
12:00 Noon Lunch Dining Facility
1:00-3:00 PM Final Exam: Color Group Awesome Power Presentations Kettle Creek Lecture Hall
3:00-3:30 PM Admin Brief to Students about Banquet; Col Shambach Kettle Creek Lecture Hall
3:30-4:00PM Color Group Meeting with Counselors; critiques and outbrief SGR
6:00PM Awards Banquet/Presentations Berger Hall
11:00PM Lights Out Dorm Room
Fri, Day 5 7:30AM Breakfast Dining Facility
8:30  – 9:00AM Critique/Group Feedback/Closing Activity Dining Facility
NLT 10:00AM Outprocess: Pack, Clear Dorm Room (Rtn Towel, Meal Card & Key) Farewells Cucharas Room 105

Who Will be Speaking?

The topics and biographies of the tentative presenters can be found here.

Who Can Attend?

Attendees are usually incoming high school seniors from Front Range high schools who have displayed leadership among their peers.  Some incoming juniors may also be invited.

What is Student Selection Process and Timeline?

March is crunch time!

The school’s RMYLF point of contact solicits interested students via the high school point of contact (POC) in the February-March time frame of the conference year. Nominated students are directed to this website’s Conference Application tab to complete their application in mid-March.  Their high school POC reviews the applications and then rank orders his/her students and forwards the information to the RMYLF Registrar in late March. The RMYLF Selection Committee makes its final selections from the list of nominees in early April. If selected for attendance at the Conference, the student and the high school POC are promptly notified by text and/or email.

RMYLF Board Meeting

RMYLF Board Meeting

Once the student is selected, he or she is required to go to this website again and fill out the additional conference forms. These forms require strict attention and speedy completion by attendees not later than the mid-April.  This is also an opportune time to obtain/review an electronic copy of the Student Handbook (see below the 2018 edition) where attendees can study conference requirements.  Prior to the Conference any updates and final instructions will be emailed to attendees.

What Do I Need? (Student Packet)

There is a strict policy prohibiting ECDs.

The conference administrative and logistical requirements can be found in the Student Handbook (this is the 2018 version, to be used until updated for 2019 in February 2019).  In particular, pay attention to the pages “What to Bring” and “What Not to Bring.”  There is also a strict policy that bans all Electronic Communication Devices (ECDs) for the duration of the Conference in order to promote the Conference learning objectives. ECDs include but are not limited to laptop computers, cell/smart phones, tablets, IPads, or similar devices.

What About More Information for the Parents of Student Attendees?

Parents may learn more about the venue and environment of the Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Conference by clicking on the university of Colorado – Colorado Springs website and reviewing the conference Student Handbook.