Calgary was an incredible experience! We were lucky to have Ruiqi and Savannah as teachers. The conference was five days long as usual, and the students were incredibly engaged. The most remarkable thing about this conference was how much the students bonded. We established norms right off the bat to create an inclusive and committed atmosphere. By the end of the conference, we had an activity where we fed each other cake (including to our supervisor) and told each other what we appreciated by each person. This was a conference where students felt supported in their growth by each other and the teachers. They felt like they had fellow leaders growing alongside them, and a network to support them afterwards. Aside from that, the students learned a lot about their values, their leadership style, and the societal issues that they care about.
-Megan Gao, YLC Calgary 2016 Director