Frequently Asked Questions
We are excited that you are interested in attending Summer Leadership Workshop! Below are some questions you might have about what goes on at Workshop and what your child will be doing while at Launch.
Here are the sections covered below:
- General Program Questions
- Registration Questions
- Waitlist Questions
- Scholarship Questions
- Travel Questions
- Workshop Week Questions
General Program Questions
What is Workshop?
Workshop is five days of fun, learning and new friends! We believe that the best way to learn about leadership is by doing. Workshop is not like school. It’s full of hands-on activities and interactive discussions. Our curriculum helps students learn how to excel as individuals, in one-on-one situations, and as members and leaders of a group. We create a dynamic learning environment where students discover how to collaborate with others as well as tap into their own potential. Then, we help students apply what they learn at Workshop to their everyday lives.
What will my child be doing all week?
Each day, students will work with each other to learn and apply a variety of leadership skills through activities that are led by the Launch Volunteer Staff. Students will get to create and perform skits, compete in team challenges and participate in many other fun activities to help them understand their strengths and skills. During our limited free time, we have ice cream eating contests, impromptu foursquare games and much more!
Where will my student be staying during the week?
We hold our Workshop on the Wayne State College campus during weeks when the campus is essentially empty except for us and the Wayne State staff. While there are some Wayne State students living on campus during the summer, we typically are not placed in the same buildings (or at the very least on the same floors) as them.
Can I make a roommate request for my student?
Our students share a room with another delegate, who is chosen at random, as part of the Workshop experience. If necessary, we can accommodate students with special circumstances or individual rooms depending upon availability.
What type of supervision will my child get throughout the week?
Students spend the day with a group of 10-13 other students from across the state and country, and they are constantly supervised by at least two Staff members. During meal times, students are taken to the cafeteria by the Staff. There are some free periods after meals where students are allowed to play four square, write letters or go back to their room briefly. Workshop sticks to a pretty tight schedule. To ensure all students are back with their groups, Staff do "floor sweeps" and check rooms and common areas so that there are no stragglers. Additionally, we have an app-based system that tracks where students signed up to be during certain free times, and how to contact the Staff member in that place. As a reminder, all of our Staff must have completed and passed an active background check before staffing any of our events.
How do I know if I’ve completed the Workshop Registration?
You should have received a confirmation email, which was sent to the email listed on the payment page, but there are two parts to registration. Keep your eyes open for another email prompting you to complete the final step!
What if I can’t pay the registration price at the time of registering?
Please contact our registration team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-437-0011 to create a payment plan or discuss options.
What is the policy on refunds?
The $50 deposit is not refundable at any time. If you registered for the June Workshop, you can receive a refund of your payment (minus the $50 nonrefundable deposit) up until June 6, 2018. If you registered for the July Workshop, you can receive a refund of your payment (minus the $50 nonrefundable deposit) until July 5, 2018. To cancel a registration, send an email to email@example.com.
Can we substitute a friend if my friend cannot attend?
Sure! Any substitution can be made until June 1. After that, we can only allow same-gender substitutions to ensure the roommate sorting isn't impacted.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
You can complete the scholarship application form when you sign up for Workshop. In addition to including basic registration information, you will also be required to submit financial information and submit two essays. The scholarship form covers every Workshop and you do not need to complete more than one form (or submit payment when applying.)
When will I know if I received a scholarship?
Scholarships will be determined on a rolling basis (aka we will be reviewing them as we receive them -- so apply early!). Our goal is to have scholarship applicants notified within one week of submitting their information.
What if I don’t receive a scholarship and can’t afford to attend Workshop?
Please contact us as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can work out a payment plan, if necessary, but if you can no longer attend Workshop we will open up your spot for someone else to register.
Where will I be dropping off my child?
We host Workshop on Wayne State College’s beautiful campus. Wayne, Nebraska, is about 100 miles northwest of Omaha, 30 miles northeast of Norfolk. The college is on the north edge of town, just off Nebraska Highway 15. More specific directions will be included in the final confirmation email.
What if I need help coordinating travel?
The Launch Staff cannot transport students to Wayne, Nebraska; however, we are happy to assist in coordinating travel. A number of schools charter busses to Workshop, and we can connect students with those resources. If you are interested in working with us to identify travel options, please email email@example.com.
Workshop Week Questions
What if my child needs to arrive late to Workshop?
The Launch Workshop curriculum is carefully and painstakingly planned to create an optimal environment for creating small communities and strong bonds. Each activity and day build on the previous activities and days. Because of this late arrivals can disrupt the atmosphere of each small group of students. If a student needs to arrive late to Workshop, the student or guardian must contact the Workshop Director Meradith Ganow (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible. The following guidelines apply for late arrivals:
- Students attending Workshop must arrive no later than 1 p.m. on the second day (Wednesday) of Workshop
What if my child needs to leave Workshop early?
The Launch Workshop curriculum is carefully and painstakingly planned to create an optimal environment for creating small communities and strong bonds. Each activity and day build on the previous activities and days. Because of this, early departures can disrupt the closure process. If a student needs to depart from Workshop early, the student or guardian must contact the Workshop Director Meradith Ganow (email@example.com) as soon as possible. The following guidelines apply for early departures:
- Students attending Workshop may not leave earlier than the fourth day (Friday) at 4:30 pm.
Just contact our Workshop Director, Meradith Ganow at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll help you with anything you need.