Leading the Way
Developed in partnership with world-renowned blind mountaineer and Board member Erik Weihenmayer, our Leading the Way program unites students of mixed abilities on incredible adventures around the world. With help from another Board member, Bill Barkeley, Leading the Way has grown to include programs for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Participants gain unparalleled skills as leaders who focus on building a shared vision, encouraging independence and teamwork, learning from mistakes, questioning assumptions, promoting trust and embracing adversity. All participants learn the adaptive skills necessary to fulfill their roles as members of a diverse team striving to accomplish a common goal.
2015 Program Details
Dates: August 9 - 17, 2015
Location: Cusco, Peru and Machu Picchu
Ages: 14 - 21
Cost: $3,110 + roundtrip airfare to Lima, Peru. (We are working on securing funding for this program to help offset the cost. We encourage everyone who is eligible to apply regarless of cost.)
Eligible Students: Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Apply Here! Early application deadline (preference will be given to applications completed by this date): January 18, 2015, Final Deadline: February 1, 2015
Leading the Way: Sound Academy - Grand Canyon:
Dates: July 13 - 24, 2015
Location: Upper Half of the Grand Canyon
Ages: 15 - 19
Cost: $1,225 + travel to Phoenix, AZ. Due to generous funding from the National Park Service's Natural Sound & Night Skies Division (NSNSD), this program has been partially offset from its original price.
Eligible Students: Blind, Visually Impaired and Sighted
Ideal candidates demonstrate leadership experience and leadership potential in their application. For more information, contact Kaitlyn Millen, Specialty Programs Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominate a Student:
If you know a student who would be interested in either of the two Leading the Way programs, we would love for you to nominate a student here!