The mission of Youth Making a Difference is to provide leadership training and practical experiences that make a difference in the world, transforming the lives of the participants and those they serve. The results of the YMAD Leadership Training are based on 7 values of leadership. During the year the teens learn about leadership and how to make a difference in the world from educators, mentors and guest speakers. They apply leadership skills in practical ways, such as working with children in local schools to improve their ability to speak English, or humanitarian expeditions in a developing country to work with children in rural schools to get needed medical care and learn English. The planning, fund raising and execution of these projects gives the teens hands-on experience in taking responsibility, working as a team, serving others, developing a vision, tackling tough assignments, doing research, inspiring each other, and sticking to their commitments. After the yearlong training, the teens look for ways to use these new skills to make a difference for the rest of their lives.
Have you ever said to yourself, “Marathons are too easy, and Triathlons are for sissies?”
We haven’t either…those races are really hard. Think about it…the first person to run a marathon actually died. HE DIED!...and he probably didn’t even have fun along the way!
Well, welcome to a new kind of race: THE DIRTY DASH. This race that puts all other races to shame. The Dirty Dash is a mud run obstacle course where a military boot camp meets your inner five-year-old’s fantasy and subsequently converts boy to man and then man to swine.
You’ll need endurance to trudge up mountains of sludge, courage to overcome uncompromising obstacles, a complete lack of shame to wallow in pits of mud and a smile to show through at the end!
So let this mud run obstacle course become your new guilty pleasure. Go solo or with some of your dirtiest, filthiest, & uncouth friends. Either way, you’ll be able to look at yourself in the mirror and say, “I am a Dirty Dasher!”… and then proceed to clean yourself off.
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