- ELI Testimonial
"My children had an awesome time and came back with so many stories to share with us! The whole atmosphere at Glisson is warm and welcoming."
- Laura, parent of two 2010 Village campers
| Hannah Pressey, ELI 2011-2012
Meet Hannah Pressey, ELI participant 2011-2012
The Experiential Leadership Institute (ELI) is designed to develop strong Christian leaders. After putting to use and practicing new leadership skills while volunteering as day camp counselors during the program, participants also commit to work with their pastor to find a leadership role at their church afterward.
One example of this is Hannah Pressey's story. After participating in the program in 2011, Hannah played a large role in rejuvenating her church's children's ministry.
Her mother, Ann, shared more about that: "Her enthusiasm and skill from what she brought back from Glisson lit a fire under many adults who had grown weary and discouraged....Now the program is not short on help, funds, or children."
Ann went on to share about Hannah's church involvement following her experience in 2012: "This year, as a junior, she was encouraged by adults to become the President of the Youth Group because of her skills at leading and modeling group discussions and behavior."
| Rev. Tac Coley, Winterville UMC
Rev. Coley also recalled sending her off that first year saying, "We want to help you to go and explore the possibility of becoming a leader not only at this church or at camp, but wherever you go in life."
Looking back now, Rev. Coley commented on the difference he's observed in Hannah: "I have been able to see her over the last few years grow in her ability to be more of a guide. She does things with an assuring tone of voice, but at the same time she's more of a guide than a drill sergeant. She leads in a very kind, gentle, and yet assertive way that the children respond to. It almost makes me want to fall in line along with them. She's the kind of leader you'd love to have leading you."
We've made room for more ELI participants than ever in 2013. Applications are still being accepted. Make sure the rising 11-12 graders you know are aware of this powerful program. Learn more about ELI including how to apply: Experiential Leadership Institute.
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