Recruit small-group leaders.
Small-group leaders establish the energy and tone of the retreat and have a major influence on the success of the retreat. Students will meet in pre-assigned small groups for discussion three times during the retreat. Each discussion is facilitated by a small-group leader and allows students to talk about the messages of the retreat.
Youth Frontiers recommends one leader for every six students. Student leaders must be in 10th grade or above. There should be a gender balance, and the diversity of the leaders should be similar to that of the students.
Contact your local high school to secure leaders for your retreat. Student leaders must be in 10th grade or above. Schools often use students who participate in high school leadership programs or select students who showcase leadership in their community. Or, contact your local PTA/PTO parent group or other community volunteers (like Rotarians) to serve as small-group leaders. Let adult leaders know that the retreat is interactive and that the experience is most effective when leaders participate fully.
Here’s a helpful handout to give to potential small-group leaders and a promotional poster to put around your local high school.
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