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Leadership Development Conferences (LDC) are small working conferences designed for youth and adults. A leadership development conference focuses on helping the participants learn how to be leaders.

At an LDC, youth and advisors learn concrete leadership skills within a structure that helps them reflect on why they are involved in Unitarian Universalism, what roles they play in their youth group or congregation, and what they think it means to be a leader. Leadership training is a process of empowerment: giving the members of the group the skills they need to have power in their group.

An LDC can also provide benefits to local youth groups and congregations; the youth and advisors returning from LDC conferences often bring their congregations new skills and energy. Most importantly, an LDC is about personal empowerment, offering each participant a chance to grow in terms of actual skills, self-confidence as a leader, and enthusiasm and commitment.

Who should attend an LDC?
Youth who want to learn to be leaders; advisors who want to learn to be empowering; directors of religious education (DRE's) and ministers who want to learn to support youth leaders in their congregation.

The recommended ratio of youth to adult participants is 3:1.

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