Welcome to the 2010 National Association of the Deaf Youth Leadership Camp (NAD YLC) session! We, the staff team, have been hard at work, planning and preparing for a productive month, and we are thrilled that the campers have arrived and that the fun can finally begin!
One of the many YLC traditions is to come up with a team name that will reflect the goals and energy of each group, and for the rest of the session, our staff team is called SPICES. If you're wondering why on Earth we would name ourselves after culinary additives, think of how spices add zest and flavor to each special dish! So, accordingly, our motto is "Spices: ingredients of life."
The acronym SPICES really stands for:
and that Spark we all need!
One of our many goals is to build Strength in our future leaders, so that they can readily tackle tough tasks and strive to overcome a variety of challenges. The steely determination of Persistence will enable, for all who adhere to it, the ability to succeed; even when encumbered by any kind of hardship, never give up. The virtue of Integrity is a notable characteristic of every admirable leader in the history of humankind, and every single person benefits from its merits. Curiosity is a quirky attribute that we believe each person should retain throughout life, because it requires an absorbent brain and an open mind, and that will help leaders accumulate knowledge and learn from experience. Understanding another being's emotions and feelings through Empathy is yet another critical trait we believe all persons should have. And lastly, to combine all of these characteristics, a Spark will ignite that fire smoldering inside each of our special campers, and propel them into doing those great things we know our campers are capable of achieving!
Members of the SPICES team bring in their own unique spice to the mix, be it their range of experiences, personalities, and ambitions. We come from various parts of the country and we have converged to bring to YLC the ingredients of life. Here we are!
Allie Rice- Coordinator of Youth Programs
Travis Clevenger- Camp Director
Jesse Jones III- Camper Coordinator
Shira Grabelsky- Staff Coordinator
Joshua Beckman- Business Manager
Michelle Young- Nurse
Clint Woosley- Chef
Shay Bertling- Assistant Chef/Lifeguard
Sheila De La O- Assistant Chef
Maurice Abenchuchan Jr.- Camp Counselor
Andrew Bottoms- Camp Counselor
Larissa Clapp- Camp Counselor
Mary Beth Baierl- Camp Counselor
Samantha Bulewich- Camp Counselor
Luba Douziech- Camp Counselor
Jesse Dubler- Camp Counselor
Renca Dunn- Camp Counselor
Bregitt Jimenez- Camp Counselor
Mark Ramirez- Camp Counselor
Joshua Weinstock- Camp Counselor