2017 Simulations Week East
For all youth, ages 12-18
TUESDAY - FRIDAY, JUNE 6-9, 2017
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What is Simulations Week? Youth ages 12-18 gather from around the nation to engage in realistic, hypothetical high-stakes scenarios designed to bring out their ability to respond to crisis, while practicing the art of persuasion. It is beyond fantasy role playing and does not follow a script, but presents a challenge that requires the youth attendees to negotiate, compromise, persuade, debate, strategize, challenge each other, and use their wits and their knowledge to create and engage ideas to solve the problem together. Conflicting motivations within sub-groups form significant challenges. Forks in the road appear throughout the simulation, inviting participants to navigate the unexpected and resist ethical lapses. Previous attendees tell us that they have grown and changed for the better in many ways, as they come face to face with themselves, in this challenging and FUN simulation environment! Evening activities provide exciting and interesting opportunities for youth to associate together for friendship and for strengthening meaningful relationships. These activities include a the Opening Night Program, a game night, talent night, a formal banquet.
Location: Salem, Virginia
Early Registration Discount: $150 per person if registered by midnight, May 1, 2017
Regular Price: $175 per person if registered after May 1, 2017
Admission includes full simulation experience, t-shirt, all lunches, all dinners, Opening Night, Talent Night, Game Night, and the Formal Banquet.
Simulations Week East is produced by the Raleigh Triangle Leadership Commonwealth, under the direction of Joy Petty.
Optional Lodging is provided by Salem Commonwealth, under the direction of Tiffany Campbell.
A new four-day simulation scenario is written each year, with complex challenges for all participants to work on together.
Simulations are awesome!!! Simulations invite participants to engage in a realistic, hypothetical high-stakes scenario designed to bring out their ability to respond to crisis, while practicing the art of persuasion.
Participants take on fictitious roles and work in teams to identify and solve problems. Forks in the road appear throughout the simulation, inviting participants to navigate the unexpected and resist ethical lapses.
As used by top colleges and industries throughout the world, simulations are a proven way to prepare for real action, influence and critical decision making.
2017 Simulations Week East Scenario:
The election of 2016 will go down as one of the most contentious in American history. Despite a solid majority in the Electoral College, President Trump enters office having lost the popular vote. At best, the country is deeply divided, and across the divide the insults and condemnations are vicious.
You step into this breach. Although campaigns are often about making the other side look as evil as possible, governing and legislating are about finding ways to work together. This is your task. As a member of the 115th US Congress, you must find a way to bridge the ever-widening gap between the political factions in the country, and get sensible, productive legislation passed.
The country’s peril is far more dangerous than simple squabbling. While the government dithers, harsh economic realities are beginning to be felt here and around the globe. Conflict between corporations spills over into international relations, creating hostility and outright enmity, fought as much in boardrooms as on the battlefield. Regulators and judges, turned loose by an inactive legislature, increasingly interpret the law in ways that threaten economic prosperity. If the Congress is unable to act, and soon, what is now an electoral conflict might easily become something far, far more.
Tuesday – Friday Simulation 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday – Dinner and Opening Night Program 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday – Dinner and Youth Games 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday – Dinner and Talent Night 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday Youth Banquet 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Simulations Week Mentor:
Your awesome Simulations Week East Mentor is prepared to work closely all week, with the youth attendees, to help them have a powerful and deeply meaningful experience at Simulations Week.
Meet Jeff Hymas
Jeff Hymas is passionate about God, Family and Country. He recently launched his non-profit, In the Constitution, and has spent the last 5 years teaching thousands of people across the nation the beautiful principles of freedom established in our founding documents. He has published a book, Founders and Prophets, and has produced an adult Constitution series, a youth series, and, most recently, a Constitution Bee that has reached over 1000 youth nationwide and has awarded them 15 scholarships worth over $10,000. He is absolutely convinced that the most important of life’s activities is learning; the most important learners are youth; and, the most important things to teach youth are principles. He can hardly believe he gets to participate in all three on a daily basis at American Heritage - and all within the foundational context of the gospel of Jesus Christ! Jeff served a mission to Guayaquil, Ecuador and attended Ricks College, BYU and received an MBA from Idaho State University. He and his wife, ShaRee, are the parents of nine children. Of all the setbacks and successes in their lives, none of them has proven to be nearly as challenging nor as rewarding as their striving to raise up a family unto the Lord. Jeff is tremendously excited to spend four days mentoring your youth as they participate in Simulations Week East!
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - Friday, June 9, 2017 8:00 AM - 8:00 PMMountain Time
7971 Williamson RoadRoanoke, Virginia 24019
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