What To Watch For In 2017

  • Changes to class requirements in many years 2nd through 6th so please read enrollment form closely
  • A new approach to assessing a leader’s physical fitness with a goal of inspiration and improvement
  • A different housing and meeting plan for all first year leaders
  • Senior leaders will be given exciting new ways to engage over the course of the week
  • LIVE updates throughout most of the week via this website
  • Increased time in dorms each evening to allow for more “quiet time” for leaders to rest/reflect
  • NEW 6th YEAR JACKETS!!!!
  • New ADVANCED Character Development class added for 4th and 5th year leaders
  • Additional schedule evolutions based upon leaders’ feedback
  • Meeting rooms for Thursday night club meetings will be pre-assigned by BRLS leadership based upon size/fit

Key Dates & Deadlines

  • February 14, 2017:
Registration materials released
  • March 7, 2017:
Completed and returned registration packets may be postmarked on or after
  • April 1, 2017:
Drops after this date will be assessed a $100 cancellation fee per drop*
  • April 17, 2017:
Scholarship (BRLS financial assistance) awards will be sent out this week
  • May 1, 2017:
Registration deadline
  • May 1, 2017:
Drops after this date will owe full balance*
  • June 1, 2017:
Drops after this date will owe full balance*
  • June 17-24, 2017:
BLUE RIDGE LEADERS’ SCHOOL

* There are exceptions for medical/family emergencies and extenuating circumstances

Rallies & Events

ADY Spring Rally, April 27-28, 2019

Hosted by: Cowart Family/Ashford Dunwoody

Location: Cowart Family Y, 3692 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30319

Contact: Kendra Fuentes, Kendraf@ymcaatlanta.org

Theme: Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind

From the Director's Porch

From the Director’s Porch – March 2019

March already?? I don’t know about you but the SLT is really excited for this year’s BRLS. And with the amazing new online registration process under way we continue to listen to the clubs and try to make Leaders' School better every year. And with so many Leaders getting better every year, it’s only natural that [...]

From the Director’s Porch – Winter 2018/19

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Can you believe that 2019 is upon us? I hope that the excitement and energy of the new year stays with all of us as we speed our way to BRLS this June. This time of year we make new goals, creative ideas, and fresh approaches. We also take time to celebrate the year [...]

Club Development Blog

Club Development – March 2019

Rallies! A huge shout out to the clubs and associations that have hosted rallies and multi-club training sessions since we last gathered on the mountain in June. Thank you for all the hard work and planning that goes into hosting such events. The Spring Rally season is upon us now and there are a number [...]

Club Development – Winter 2018/19

Club Recognition Update The roll out of the new club recognition has resulted in a great deal of energy and excitement regarding the amazing work that is being accomplished at the home YMCAs. The excitement of raising the bar has caused us to pump the brakes some as we are trying to align data collections [...]

BRLS Blog

Fitness Update – March 2019

A few years ago when we adjusted the Fitness Assessment to focus on meeting Leaders where they are and to encourage continued improvement year over year, it was a significant change. We were hopeful that this approach would encourage Leaders and Advisors to take a positive approach to healthier living and to strive to be their [...]

Counselor Update – Winter 2018/19

Being a counselor is about learning skills, developing character and making friends while leading peers to do the same.  It is a wonderful opportunity for growth while at the same time challenging both mentally and physically. This year 200 teens have applied for approximately 80 counselor positions. The counselor selection process works to find qualified and dedicated teens to fill [...]

Scholarships Are Available

Club Highlight Submissions Needed!

Is your Club working on an impactful project for your Y? Do you have a Leaders’ Club member who is going above and beyond in the home Y and community? Does your Club have a service project coming up that you’d like BRLS to lift up? If so, please send a brief summary and any pictures you may have to Molly D’Avria at mdavria@gastonymca.org so we can feature your Club on the BRLS Facebook page!