Components of the Kauffmann Program
Programs such as the NYA Outing Club, Glacier Bay Environmental Writing Course, Environmental Writing Seminar, Kauffmann Prize for Environmental Writing, Middle School Leadership Academy, and the Sea Kayak Academy are all part of the Kauffmann Program. NYA also offers a Diploma with Distinction in Outdoor & Environmental Leadership and an elective class entitled “Brain Training & Resilience” as part of the Kauffmann Program.
THE NYA MIDDLE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
“Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” ~Bill Bradley
The NYA Leadership Academy is a program where NYA Middle School students spend five days hiking across the high peaks wilderness of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. It is open to rising seventh and eighth grade students at NYA. Students should be physically and mentally capable of hiking for four strenuous days in the mountains. Over five days, students learn about, and practice, leadership. Students work together as a team to cross some of the most challenging and beautiful terrain in America. The group stays at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s high mountain huts, above tree line, and learns about the unique history and ecology of the White Mountains. Each student will have a chance to lead the group, and to take on different responsibilities. Through individual conversations, daily journaling, group conversations, and facing challenges, students will learn about their own individual leadership styles and will leave the program with improved self-knowledge and goals that they will apply to the coming school year. This is not merely a fun hiking trip (though it is that also!), but is also a laboratory for students to develop personal grit and leadership skills.
Information on the 2022 Kauffmann Writing Prize Submission Rules
Congratulations to the 2022 Kauffmann Writing Prize Winners:
- Olivia Cox-Bowdoinham
- Lila Jackson-Yarmouth
- Quinn McDaniel-Sedgwick