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LeadAR Soaring High in Seminar 2

by Noah Washburn - May 30, 2018

LeadAR Class member Yavonda Wallace maneuvers through the tree-top obstacles of the ExCEL program.
LeadAR Class member Yavonda Wallace maneuvers through the tree-top obstacles of the ExCEL program.

LeadAR Class 18 recently completed its second three-day seminar:
Teambuilding, Collaboration and Networking.

The group’s training on April 19 began with the 4-H ExCEL Program at the Arkansas 4-H Vines Center. ExCEL focuses on teambuilding and developing self-awareness through hands-on activities.

ExCEL instructors Luke and Taylor took class members through several small-group and large-group activities, including the High Ropes Course. Navigating obstacles at heights greater than 30 feet in the tree line provides a self-awareness experience beyond anything you can imagine. The high ropes course is challenging, but self-paced, building trust among team members and a sense of accomplishment. The course finishes with a thrilling 300-foot zip-line ride.

After soaring high at the 4-H Center, Class 18 packed up and traveled to Hot Springs to hear from speakers who addressed community involvement, needs assessments, education and community revitalization. Hot Springs provided an excellent venue to experience what change can look like within a city.

The class also used this time to brainstorm for their Community Leadership Projects, which each LeadAR class member will complete back home before the end of their time in the program.

LeadAR, the Arkansas Agricultural and Rural Leadership Program, is a program of the Community and Economic Development Unit at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.

For more information about the leadership program contact Noah Washburn at  nwashburn@uaex.edu or go to www.uaex.edu/LeadAR.

Forrest Spicher, chairman of the Hot Springs Metro Partnership, discusses developing Hot Springs.
Forrest Spicher, chairman of the Hot Springs Metro Partnership, discusses developing Hot Springs.

 

 

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