ALPs hires students to facilitate adventure based (teambuilding initiatives, high and low ropes courses) workshops. They develop valuable leadership skills.
ALPs is a student organization that provides team-building and high and low ropes course workshops for groups. Each Fall and Spring, ALPs hires up to 15 students to become facilitators in the organization. They learn how to facilitate team building workshops and the technical skills necessary to operate and facilitate high and low ropes courses. Students will develop their leadership, communication, presentation, and teambuilding skills as a result of being a facilitator. In addition to the role of a facilitator, we offer other leadership positions that can further develop a student's leadership ability. Lead Challenge Course Instructor--facilitators who have put in extra time and effort to expand their knowledge in the technical aspects of the low and high ropes course. They are responsible for set up and take down of the course, managing the risk of the participants, managing their peers and making sure they are doing things correctly, and are the go-to expert when a ropes course workshop is occurring. Student Directors--facilitators who oversee and manage the program, which is basically like running a small non-profit or business. They lead staff meetings, interact professionally with clients, schedule and staff workshops, develop and manage a $180,000 budget, present this budget for approval to a group of their peers, and any other tasks that are necessary to keep the organization running smoothly. They are essentially the "face" of the organization. Staff Training Coordinator--a facilitator who has taken on the role of planning all of our staff trainings--which totals 40 hours of training a year. They organize the training agenda, recruit and direct trainers, organize logistics including food and transportation, contact outside trainers for special training events, review our ropes course staff manual, and review all incidents that have occurred in our workshops. Trainers--facilitators who are skilled in the art of facilitation and/or ropes course technical knowledge and are tasked with training all of our staff, from new staff to our veteran staff. They develop lesson plans, lead training, and are the front lines of developing our staff. Committee Chairs--We have 5 committees that manage key pieces of our organization. The chairs are responsible for organizing their committee into roles to accomplish decided upon goals, run meetings, be a part of a leadership council for the organization, and keep our staff motivated and engaged. Hiring Committee--facilitators who volunteer to hire for all of our positions, which includes hiring all of our new staff--reading 40 plus applications and conducting interviews. It is a great human resources development opportunity!