Deaf Teen Programs

Empowering Deaf and hard of hearing youth in Washington State

Partnering with the Washington State Association of the Deaf (WSAD), the Association of Washington Student Leaders (AWSL) serves students in the Deaf community, grades 8-12, with its summer camp, Deaf Teen Leadership, and its winter outreach program A Taste of Deaf Teen Leadership.

Deaf Teen Leadership Camp

Through an interactive, weeklong camp experience, students learn and practice essential skills. Several workshops are held relating to character building, leadership, communication, integrity, self-identity, advocacy and teamwork. Students at Deaf Teen Leadership also have the opportunity to experience the Cispus challenge course, participate in Deaf culture enrichment activities and meet other Deaf and hard of hearing youth from high schools across Washington.

The Deaf Teen Leadership camp has four key goals:

  • Empower Deaf and hard of hearing youth
  • Foster personal growth
  • Encourage confidence
  • Create personal and community change

Camp Directors

James Christianson
Mark Hoshi

Location

Cispus Learning Center (website)

Dates

Download the current schedule of AWSL leadership camp sessions here

Information

2017 Welcome Letter

    Camp Toolbox

    • Deaf Teen Leadership video on Vimeo

    Registration

    Registration for Deaf Teen Leadership Camp is posted under Deaf Teen Programs on our registration forms page every year on February 1st. Registrations are accepted February 1st to June 15th. Registrations submitted after May 15th may not be eligible for financial assistance to attend camp. Registration forms, fees and charter bus transportation costs may change from year-to-year, meaning that only the current year's registration packet can be used to register for Deaf Teen Leadership Camp.

    A Taste of DTL

    A Taste of DTL is a one-day, regional leadership workshop for Deaf and hard of hearing youth in grades 8-11. This workshop includes activities that highlight the four main goals of the DTL experience:

    • Empower Deaf and hard of hearing youth
    • Foster personal growth
    • Encourage confidence
    • Create personal and community change