Training offered to teach youth leadership skills

Written by Theresa Rose on May 29, 2015

Middle school educators, guidance counselors, 4-H leaders, youth group leaders, after-school program leaders, and other adults that interact with youth are invited to attend Ricochet Training. “Ricochet: An Extreme Leadership Adventure” is a middle school leadership initiative created and sponsored by Iowa State University Extension & Outreach and Iowa 4-H. Training will be offered in West Burlington at Southeastern Community College on Tuesday, June 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To Ricochet means to move round with a lot of energy and be unpredictable, much like middle school youth. They bounce from one thing to the next, trying on different roles as they find their place in the world. Opportunities for youth leadership can’t be predicted, but the Ricochet program can help prepare youth to become leaders and be ready to accept the leadership opportunities that come their way.

Ricochet uses adventure and experience to bring about learning. Kids will learn by doing things themselves. Participants will build their leadership skills as they get involved in a real project that their community needs.

Ricochet curriculum is broken into five main areas: leadership information, leadership attitude, communication, decision making and stress management. The program has three levels of learning. Ricochet can be structured in many ways, ranging from multiple 45 minute sessions to a six hour session. All activities are hands on and use the experiential learning model.

Cost to attend the training is $75 plus curriculum. Registration deadline is Thursday, June 25. The registration form can be found at

There are many opportunities for the curriculum to be delivered to youth: 4-H clubs, afterschool programming, early outs, weekend sessions, and during school. If you are interested in learning more about delivery opportunities, please contact your county ISU Extension & Outreach Office.

For more information on the program or training, contact Youth Program Specialist, Kati Peiffer,, 319/385-8126.