This is my first year in Youth Leadership Through Adventure (YLTA) and I am definitely glad that I joined. I had the opportunity to participate in a leadership conference with students from other schools, and everyone—and I mean everyone—had a kind, open heart to welcome whoever they met. I felt like I really belonged. Through games and activities, I bonded and learned and grew the confidence to be my weird self because I knew that there was no judgment in any of my fellow students’ minds. Thanks to YLTA, I have been able to learn how to just be myself and not be afraid of what others think.

—Berlin High School