The Youth (High School) 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.
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, safe, and non-judgmental environment for individuals to express and work out such problems in a healthy and mature manner.
Our Youth Mission
The mission of the TAF Youth Program is to inspire and empower teens to affect positive change in the world around them, by fostering personal growth and cultivating leadership skills. We give campers the tools to evaluate themselves within the framework of one of four rotating themes: Identity, Ethics and Values, Communication, and Leadership. The themes are particularly relevant to Youth campers as they navigate the transition into adulthood. This year, the theme is Identity.
We divide campers into small groups that become their family for the week. Each small group will be led by two older advisors. Youth Advisors do not lecture or judge; instead, they offer a supportive environment for campers to assess themselves, listen and empathize, and share their own experiences.
By growing together, TAF hopes the Youth program can provide campers with pride in their heritage and with 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 put their “Big Sib” hat on by interacting with their Sprouts, Junior and/or Junior High “Little Sib,” then practice their swing choir choreography or choir song for TAF Night.
We also develop programming specifically for this age group, which includes workshops on topics such as “Post-Grad 101” and Asian American topics. Finally, we engage Youth campers’ skills and talents through team-oriented sessions, including PD- and Advisor-Led discussions, games, and workshops.
Our goal is to create a balanced program of reflective, thought-provoking learning opportunities and fun, challenging leadership activities for our high school campers.
If your teen is interested in a leadership role at TAF, please keep an eye out for the Youth Coordinator application. Coordinators are Youth campers that help lead games, emcee TAF Night, and more, to create a welcoming environment for their peers.