Sangre de Oro’s Leaders in Training Program is a year-long program culminating in our annual summer camp. The program supports teens ages 13–17 diagnosed with a bleeding disorder, and through a supportive environment, helps develop and foster lifelong leadership skills.
The preparatory skills that are offered by the program encourage our teens to strategically plan for their future. Throughout the course of the program, teens will gain education and guidance on scholarships available as well as help with the application process. We also partner with our teens to help them formulate long-term plans for facing adulthood with a bleeding disorder.
The program offers encouragement and preparation, providing them with the tools they need to advocate for themselves and manage their bleeding disorder without the assistance of their parents or guardians. Part of this education is learning how to self-infuse. The ability to self-infuse gives the teen the peace of mind they need to be able to confidently face adulthood independently and the confidence to face any emergency that may present itself where self-infusion is the solution.
The Leaders in Training Program also extends to siblings of children with bleeding disorders. Our focal point with siblings is emotional support. We strive to foster an environment where siblings can openly talk about their fears and issues regarding bleeding disorders. Bleeders and siblings have the opportunity to move forward as camp counselors or as local and national advocates. We believe that providing teens and their siblings with tools to manage their disorder helps reduce fear and depression for both the bleeder and the sibling as well as encourages them to be successful in any endeavor they choose to undertake in life!
Leading Edge Teen Program: Be Prepared!
Be Prepared?? Most of us think about Boy Scouts or preparing for “The Big One!” However, those ways of thinking got GutMonkey thinking: How do we get prepared for real life challenges that aren’t so obvious? Breaking Up? Driving? College? Moving out? World travel? Job applications? It turns out, just like any other type of prepared, it’s through practice! In this engaging and active program, GutMonkey will take teens through the model for tackling many situations or choices that life throws our way with games and initiatives that are based in real life scenarios. Be prepared to laugh, move, think, and challenge yourself to “Be Prepared” for the life that is coming at you every day.
Jacose Bell’s Bio:
Jacose is a native Oregonian whose love for the outdoors and sense of adventure sprung from growing up on a 34-acre farm and getting hooked on camp through the state’s Outdoor School program. Jacose has taught environmental and recreational outdoor skills to kids and young adults in Oregon and Alaska, for organizations including Americorps, the Northwest Regional Outdoor School Program, Campfire Council of Alaska, and Caldera Arts. After a brief spin with a desk job in advertising at Wieden+Kennedy, Jacose decided it was time to meld her worlds of creative thinking and outdoor play and joined the GutMonkey team in 2014. She loves to sing, cook, eat guacamole as a main course, and dance interpretively on every dance floor.