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--both virtual and in-person and high and low ropes course workshops for groups. As of Fall 2020, we are only offering virtual team building workshops since we cannot do in-person workshops or ropes courses due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
The description below is an accurate depiction of what we have to offer, facilitators just won't learn technical ropes course skills at this time.
Each Fall, ALPs hires up to 15 students to become facilitators in the organization. They learn how to facilitate team building workshops (currently only virtual workshops) and post the COVID 19 pandemic, 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 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--they oversee and manage the program, which is basically like running a small non-profit or business. They run staff meetings, interact professionally with clients, schedule and staff workshops, develop and manage a $170,000 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--this is a facilitator who has taken on the role of planning all of our staff training--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, reviews our ropes course staff manual, and reviews all incidents that have occurred in our workshops.
Trainers--these are 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--these are facilitators who volunteer to hire for all of our positions, which includes hiring all of our new staff--wading through 40 plus applications and conducting interviews. It is a great human resources development opportunity!