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. Through activities and discussions, 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, including 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 many 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


1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.        Teens arrive – Facilitators/Staff meet teens at airport

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.        Casual Dinner and Icebreaker Activities

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.     Unstructured social time or Organized Fun Activity

10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.   In-room Free Time

11:00 p.m.                        Lights Out



8:00 a.m. – 9:00 am      Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – Noon          Leadership Exercise

Noon – 1:00 p.m.          Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.    Debate Activity Technology Session

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.     Dinner & Free Time

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.   Team-building or Social Group Activity

10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.  In-room Free Time

11:00 p.m.                       Lights Out



7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.        Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – Noon        Group Activity

Noon – 1:00 p.m.        Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.        Self Advocacy Part 1

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.     Team-building or Social Group Activity

10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.   In-room Free Time

11:00 p.m.                     Lights Out



7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – Noon        Group Activity

Noon – 1:00 p.m.         Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Self Advocacy, Part 2: Appreciation Exercise



5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.        Reception and Dinner

8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.     Write Thank You notes to Sponsors and Guest Presenters

10:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.   In-room Free Time

11:00 p.m.                    Lights Out



8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.    Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Graduation

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Travel to airport

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.   Teens travel home – facilitators/staff accompany

teens to airport

*May not be indicative of finalized schedule.