Cape Ann Partnership Provides
GMGI Leadership Seminar
Local Non-Profits Combine Resources and Utilize the Cape Ann Community Foundation Grant to Develop Leadership Skills in Gloucester Biotechnology Academy Students
BEVERLY, Mass., June 18, 2019 – Project Adventure out of Beverly, MA and the Schooner Adventure out of Gloucester, MA have been developing quality youth programming, founded in providing transferable leadership skills to youth that will help build their neighborhoods and communities. These two organizations plan to combine their resources and create a program that reinforces individual responsibilities within a group, practices effective communication methods, and builds leadership capacity.
Students at Gloucester Biotechnology Academy will engage in a leadership seminar that incorporates community building elements on the challenge course with Project Adventure and while sailing on the Schooner Adventure. Students will develop a set of social norms that govern their group interaction, step outside of their comfort zone for deeper learning to happen, and practice strategic problem-solving. John Doyle, the Education Director for the Gloucester Biotechnology Academy, stated, “It would have taken us two weeks to develop the communication and teamwork skills that Laura MacDonald was able to build in two hours with our students at Project Adventure. It was an invaluable warm-up experience for our students during the first week of class.”
Students will apply their skills to each situation created in this leadership seminar and come to understand the different roles they can play as a member of a group. Richard Ross, the Executive Director at Project Adventure, believes that “it is our goal to provide students with an experience that allows them to be part of a group and understand what it takes to make that group succeed. We want to create an environment of shared responsibility so students have an opportunity to develop trust and positive risk-taking. Our work with the Schooner Adventure and the Gloucester Biotechnology Academy will allow youth to take part in a new experience, and this grant will help us start what we had envisioned.”