Example Changemaker Retreats

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Client:

She Wins, A girls’ leadership program creating a pipeline of college, career and community-ready young leaders from the city of Newark, NJ.

About their retreat:

Working with the Uplands staff, the organization’s founder and director focused the retreat on building leadership skills for 15 pre-selected youth leaders from within her organization. The retreat goal was to equip them with tools for expanding their work in the community at large. Discussion and breakout sessions focused on goal-setting, decision-making, self-awareness, effective communication, creative thinking, problem-solving, self-care, growth-mindsets, and effective listening. The agenda was designed to include ample free time for the group to enjoy connecting with nature — running in the hayfields, learning about the organic vegetable garden, hiking along nature trails, playing lawn games, swimming, and lofting wish lanterns up into the star-studded skies around nighttime bonfires.

Retreat outcome:

The group left with specific tools for mindful leadership, goal-setting, effective communication, self-regulation, conflict management, and focused listening. They also emerged with a stronger sense of community as the organization heads into its extensive summer programming and upcoming academic year.

Client:

Whole Children, a nonprofit organization that supports children with special needs, specifically autism.

About their retreat:

Whole Children came to Uplands for a weekend of team-building and program planning. Their goal was to establish new programming for teen clients aging out of the social service network and their evolving needs. The retreat guests participated in group discussions to identify holes in client services, to brainstorm solutions, and forge a path for new program design and implementation. They also engaged in a host of team-building activities that facilitated collaboration and group bonding.

Retreat outcome:

Retreat attendees departed with new plans for organizational programming, along with a stronger sense of camaraderie and group-coherence as the organization embarks on its next chapter.

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Client:

NJ LEEP (Law and Education Empowerment Project) is a college access and success program serving students and families in the greater Newark area.

About their retreat:

The NJ LEEP Retreat featured focused strategic planning, break-out sessions, and program design brainstorming to better empower their students with academic and social-emotional skills to succeed in college and beyond. They also enjoyed a guided hike and learned self-regulation techniques both for themselves and to share with their students.

Retreat Outcome:

Clarity about and commitment to newly refined program design goals and strategies, greater team cohesion, and a sense of refreshing replenishment from the peaceful and enjoyable retreat respite.

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“I again want to thank the Uplands team for such a wonderful experience last week. Our entire team was buzzing on the ride home and again today. It was so special for us to have a place and the space to recharge and reconnect. We have already begun discussing how we can make this an annual experience. Thank you!!”

Matthew Feinstein | NJ LEEP, Retreat Participant

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