The Youth Program is designed for those who have completed grades 9-12. Individuals going into their first year of college are also welcome in this program as well.
Today’s teens face enormous challenges that previous generations did not experience, all while trying to balance Taiwanese values in their western world. TAF aims to provide a supportive, sheltered, and non-judgmental environment for individuals to express and work out such problems in a healthy and mature manner.
The mission of the TAF Youth Program is to guide teens through their high school years and to foster personal growth and leadership skills so they can better serve the world around them. TAF does this by giving campers the tools to evaluate themselves within the framework of one of the four themes that rotate every year: Identity, Ethics and Values, Communication, and Leadership.
The themes are particularly relevant to this group because they’re taught at a time when teens are defining themselves as they enter adulthood. Campers are divided into small groups that become their family for the week. TAF counselors do not lecture or judge, but will provide a supportive environment for campers to evaluate themselves, listen and empathize, and share our own experiences.
By growing together, TAF hopes that the Youth program gives campers pride in their Taiwanese heritage and the confidence they need to reach their fullest potential as they enter adulthood.
A typical day for a camper in the Youth program begins after breakfast with Speaker Session and Small Group Time, where campers discuss their thoughts and learnings from the morning. In the afternoon, Youth campers may put their ‘Big Sib’ hat on and play games with their Junior or JH camper, or practice their swing choir choreography or choir song for TAF Night. They may also engage in specific Youth-oriented programming, such as Advisor-Led workshops (e.g., Cooking, ‘What to Expect in College’, Asian American Topics in History) or team-oriented sessions that test their physical and mental abilities, including The TAF Amazing Race, Lip-Sync Battle, The NewlyPaired Advisor Game, and beyond. Through such programs, we aim to create a balance between reflective, thought-provoking learning opportunities and fun, engaging leadership activities for our high-school campers.