What Happens at LOFT?

At AG Bell's LOFT program, teens engage in activities that foster individual growth by developing their personal skills and responsibility for their own actions; social and relationship-building skills; and group-based and participation skills. Throughout activities and discussions, the teens are actively encouraged to share ideas, build trust, respect each other, understand cultural differences and celebrate their own abilities. Various team activities help the teens learn and practice skills such as working together, thinking outside the box, challenging themselves, and using ideas from the group to solve problems and overcome barriers to meet a challenge.

LOFT emphasizes analytical and problem-solving skills by developing activities that emphasize listening and communicating in various ways. Other exercises teach group consensus and the art of persuasion, as well as how to work together to make the entire team stronger and more cohesive.

Many LOFT participants arrive at LOFT believing that their hearing loss limits their ability to lead. After participating in LOFT activities with similar peers, they gain confidence, achieve higher self-esteem and realize that they are capable of being a leader. 

LOFT continues to have an impact on participants for years after they have participated as they move onto higher education and enter the workforce. Over the years, many past LOFT participants have told us that LOFT helped them solidify their career plans and personal goals.

 

Sample Program Schedule

DAY 1

1:00 – 5:00 pm               Teens arrive – facilitators/staff meet teens at airport

6:30 – 8:00 pm               Casual Dinner & Icebreaker Activities

8:00 – 10:00 pm             Unstructured social time or Organized Fun Activity

10:00 – 11:00 pm           In-room Free Time

11:00 pm                        Lights Out

 

DAY 2

8:00 – 9:00 am               Breakfast

9:00 am – 12:00 pm      Individual Leadership and Speaking Activities

12:00 – 1:00 pm             Lunch

1:00 – 4:30 pm               Group Leadership Activities

4:30 – 6:00 pm               Dinner & Free Time

6:00 – 10:00 pm             Team-building or Social Group Activity

10:00 – 11:00 pm           In-room Free Time

11:00 pm                        Lights Out

 

DAY 3

7:30 – 8:30 am               Breakfast

8:30 am – 12:00 pm      Group Activity

12:00 – 1:00 pm             Lunch

1:00 – 5:00 pm               Policy Debate Exercise

5:00 – 10:00 pm             Team-building or Social Group Activity

10:00 – 11:00 pm           In-room Free Time

11:00 pm                        Lights Out

 

DAY 4

7:30 – 8:30 am               Breakfast

8:30 – 11:30 am             ADA Overview & Advocacy Exercise

11:30 am – 12:00 pm   Communication Access Technology Demonstration

12:00 – 1:00 pm             Lunch

1:00 – 5:00 pm               Prepare presentation

5:30 – 8:30 pm               Reception & presentation

8:30 – 10:30 pm             Late Dinner, Write Thank You notes to Sponsors and Guest                                             Presenters, Yearbooks and Appreciation Activity

10:30 – 11:00 pm           In-room Free Time

11:00 pm                        Lights Out

 

Day 5

8:00 – 9:00 am               Breakfast

9:00 am – 12:00 pm      Wrap Up Activities

12:00 – 1:00 pm             Travel to airport

1:00 – 6:00 pm               Teens travel home – facilitators/staff accompany teens to                                                 airport

 

*May not be indicative of finalized schedule