The Regional Alternative School is thrilled to be moving forward on an exciting collaboration opportunity with the Cornell Team and Leadership Center, a division of Cornell Outdoor Education. The program is being called the Alternative Leaders Project and will offer a great development opportunity for both the RAS students and Cornell University students involved. Cornell University students will work with RAS students as they navigate the obstacles of Cornell’s Hoffman Challenge Course.
The Alternative Leaders Project will benefit RAS students by helping to develop a positive peer culture, while strengthening the school’s home base program and providing students more ways to connect with one another and the RAS staff. The Cornell Team and Leadership Center works to help university students to find opportunities to exercise their leadership skills through formal leadership education, hands-on community engagement, and individual and social critical reflection. This joint project with RAS will be a wonderful chance to do that while also getting involved in the local community in a fun, outdoor setting.
RAS faculty plans to begin undergoing training at the Hoffman Challenge course later this Spring, and students will get their chance soon after that. The project is being developed by RAS principal Michelle Nolan and BOCES physical education teacher Travis Getzke along with CTLC Director Karel A. Hilversum and Coordinator Marcus J. Brooks