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A week-long summer leadership
experience that
empowers teens
to change their world.

…Not your typical summer camp
At LEAD, we believe the best time to start being a leader is now, and the best way to learn is to do it. That’s why we run authentic leadership simulations where high school students have the opportunity to experience the roles of community leaders first-hand, making decisions that would affect millions of people as a state legislator. Mix that in with engaging biblical worldview discussions, faith-building worship and chapel, a hearty dose of games and recreational activities, and awesome relationships built throughout the week, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what LEAD looks like.

What does LEAD stand for?
Learn to live out your faith in the real world.
Be Empowered to fulfill God’s purpose.
Act like a leader: learn by doing!
Discover & unlock your God-given potential.

LEAD is a week-long leadership experience in Des Moines, Iowa where teenagers find themselves in the middle of the action, role-playing as legislators. These experiences are as real as it gets!

LEAD’s worldview speaker:

LEAD19_Juan-Valdes-1500Juan Valdes and his wife Daisy have been married for 31 years and have two college age kids Juan Elias and Jessica. Together they serve in multiple areas of ministry in Miami, Florida.  Juan is the Senior Pastor of a Spanish speaking congregation and a senior speaker and writer with Reasons for Hope Ministries. Juan has a passion for youth and has worked with young people all of his adult life, in addition to being a teacher for over 25 years. Of those years, he was the Middle School and High School Chaplain at Florida Christian School for 14 years, where he also taught Bible and Introduction to Philosophy. Juan also has a passion for Apologetics.  He has done graduate work at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and holds Master’s degrees from both Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Logos Graduate School, as well as a Doctorate of Ministry in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Juan is a veteran teacher of apologetics, and has taught Theology, Bible, and Apologetics at the seminary level in both English and Spanish. He is an influential promoter of apologetics in the greater Miami area and speaks regularly across the country and internationally at Pastor’s Conferences, Youth Conferences, Summer Camps, Apologetics Conferences, and local church events.

-check back to see other speakers once they are confirmed for LEAD ’19

House track:
Students role-play as state representatives, debating real bills from the Iowa Legislature. The simulation culminates with a session in the Iowa State Capitol Building. This track is open to all students. First year students are required to participate in the House track.

Senate track:
Returning students build on their experience in the House Track with this exciting Senate simulation. They can amend their bills, contribute to media coverage of the House, and help lead the House Floor Session. The Senate track is open to students who have completed the House track.

Media track:
Media students play a key role at camp as part of the LEAD News Network team, producing live newscasts and a daily newspaper. Students will gain both print and broadcast media experience through this challenging and rewarding track. The Media track is open to students who have completed the House track.

And while gaining invaluable experience, students engage in biblical worldview discussions, faith-building worship and chapel, a hearty dose of games and recreational activities and awesome relationships built throughout the week.

LEAD is an experience you won’t want to miss!

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please contact Dr. Nathan Oppman at nathan@thefamilyleader.com to learn more.

Facilitated by?
The leadership and team of The FAMiLY LEADER.

July 28th through August 2nd, 2019


On the beautiful campus of Grandview University, 2811 E. 14th. St., Des Moines, Iowa map>>

Teens entering 9th grade to those who have just finished 12th grade

$595. scholarships are available.

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LEAD_2019-sm…a summer program by The FAMiLY LEADER  •  July 28 – Aug 2, 2019  •  Des Moines, Iowa