Frequently Asked Questions
We are excited that you are interested in attending Summer Leadership Workshop! Below are some frequently asked questions that may help you in planning for the best week of the summer.
General Program Questions
What is Workshop?
Launch Summer Leadership Workshop is five days of hands-on experiential learning where students can develop their leadership skills, make new friends, and generally just have a blast! Our curriculum is focused on the motto: “Never a lecture, always a lesson” and we are committed to engaging students in a method more engaging and exciting than any typical class or conference experience.
Workshop helps students grow as leaders through focusing multiple “Skills Tracks” including: personal development, group development, time management, values awareness, and more.
Along with developing their leadership skills, students discover a distinguished sense of self-worth at Workshop. They leave their week with Launch prepared to apply those new skills to their communities and lives year-round.
What will my student be doing each day?
Students at Workshop spend portions of their day with their small group, or as we call them “co-op's." The rest of their time is with the entire delegation of students. Each day starts with breakfast and a morning dance party, followed by a day full of our hands-on curriculum in co-op, large group activities, supervised chill time, and more!
After Workshop registration has closed, we will send you packing lists and other information via email to ensure you and your students are prepared for the week.
Who will my student be their spending time with?
Your student will be learning alongside 12-15 other young leaders in what we call a “Co-op”, AKA a small group setting. We carefully choose co-op members to have a variety of backgrounds, skills, school experience, and cities to provide a new and challenging setting for students.
However, not all time at Workshop happens inside Co-op. Students will spend portions of each day participating in large group activities, morning dance parties, guided free-time, and even a talent show.
Your student will also be working with our dedicated Volunteer Staff throughout the week. Our Volunteer Staff is comprised of college students, professional educators and professionals from all walks of life - each one of them is dedicated to giving your student the best week of their year.
Can I make a roommate request for my student?
We work hard to ensure your student is exposed to new experiences and people at Workshop. To foster that notion even further, roommate assignments are paired randomly, and we avoid pairing students from the same school or small group. If necessary, we can make room accommodations for students with special circumstances.
What type of supervision will my child get throughout the week?
Students 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. However, Workshop sticks to a pretty tight schedule. To ensure all students are back with their groups, our Staff conducts "floor sweeps," checking all rooms and common areas to ensure there are no stragglers. Additionally, we utilize an app-based system that tracks where students have signed up to be during certain free times, and can contact the Staff members in that place. As a reminder, all of our Staff have completed and passed an active background check in order to staff any of our events.
How do I choose which program to register for?
Choose the program depending on your student's age:
Junior High and Middle School (JAM): For students entering 6-8 grades in the 2019/2020 school year.
Senior High (SLW): For students entering 9-12 grades in the 2019/2020 school year.
Advanced (ALW): For students who are entering 12th grade in the 2019/2020 school year, have attended at least one Launch Workshop prior and want a more enhanced Workshop experience.
What information will I need to complete registration?
You will need a few documents on hand in order to complete your Workshop registration. These include:
- Emergency Contact info
- Physician Name & Phone Number
- Health Insurance Company and Policy Number
- Student Allergies
- Students Medication (and any other health information)
- Individualized Education Program (IEP) - if applicable
Can I begin and pause my registration, or will I need to complete it in one session?
Workshop registration must be completed in one sitting. Once you have begun the process, you will have 30 minutes to fill out the necessary information. Please have the documents listed above ready when you begin registration.
How quickly will Workshop spots fill?
We can't be totally sure how quickly our programs will fill, but in recent years, we have completely sold out of all Workshop spots in just a few weeks. We advise that you register as early as possible. If your preferred program does fill up, we can place your name on a waitlist to be contacted if/when more spots open up.
How do I know if I’ve completed the Workshop Registration?
You should receive a confirmation email after registering. Please contact our registration team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I can’t pay the registration price at the time of registering?
Please contact our registration team at email@example.com or 402-437-0011 to create a payment plan or discuss options.
What is the Launch refund policy?
As part of our registration process, a non-refundable $50 deposit is required. If you register for the June Workshop, you can receive a refund of your payment (minus the $50 non-refundable deposit) until June 3, 2019. If you register for the July Workshop, you can receive a refund of your payment (minus the $50 non-refundable deposit) until July 1, 2019. To cancel a registration, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can we substitute a friend if my student cannot attend?
We have a substantial waitlist each year for each of our Workshops. If a student can not attend Workshop, we will begin admitting from the waitlist rather than swapping reservation names.
If I registered for the wrong Workshop or program, what should I do?
E-mail us at email@example.com as soon as possible so we can switch your registration to the correct Workshop or program.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
If you would like to apply for financial assistance, please select the Need-based Scholarship Application option during registration and follow the prompts. You will need to enter information regarding family gross income and number of dependents, and/or if there are any special circumstances you would like us to know. Once completed, a spot will automatically be reserved for your student. 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?
Our registration team will respond to your scholarship request within 2 business days.
What if I don’t receive a scholarship and can’t afford to attend Workshop?
Regardless if your student receives a partial or no scholarship, they will have a spot reserved at Workshop. We are happy to help set-up a payment plan. Contact us as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org to work out the details. If your student can no longer attend Workshop we will open up the spot for someone else to register.
Workshop Week Questions
How can I connect with other students attending Workshop and their parents (to coordinate logistics, travel, etc.)?
Launch currently does not have a system to share registrant information with others. However, we do have a large social media following of parents and students on Facebook and Instagram. Feel free to submit requests for connections through social media and we will do our best to push out the message.
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. Students attending Workshop must arrive no later than 1 p.m. on the second day (Wednesday) of Workshop. If a student needs to arrive late to Workshop, the student or guardian must contact the Workshop Director Meradith Ganow (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
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. Students attending Workshop may not leave earlier than the fourth day (Friday) at 4:30 pm. If a student needs to depart from Workshop early, the student or guardian must contact the Workshop Director Meradith Ganow (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible.
What if my child takes medications or has medical concerns/needs?
We have a dedicated medical staff of on hand for each Workshop. These Staffers will assist your student with medications, store medications if needed and be on hand to assist if accidents or injuries occur throughout Workshop (alongside the local Wayne emergency services).
Just contact our Workshop Director, Meradith Ganow at email@example.com and she’ll help you with anything you need.