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Adventure WV LEAD

Explore Your Leadership

The Adventure Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) Program is a component of Adventure WV that strives to engage students in leadership development, technical skill development, and instructional skill acquisition through experiential training and mentorship. All Davis College students have funding available to them for the LEAD program, and we encourage your participation.

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Sara Valentine  

Sara Valentine

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

The experience I gained working for Adventure West Virginia was the most pivotal and vital part of my college career and kick started my career in outdoor education. Working with AWV gives student leaders experience in teaching outdoor skills, working directly with peers in a difficult environment, and allows students to hone their technical outdoor skills. These are all universal skills for future parks and recreation specialists, but what really set me up for success post college were the mentors I found in the full time staff at AWV. Their professional experience along with ability and desire to teach and coach individual student leaders was unparalleled to any other mentors I had in college at WVU. With their expertise and training, I became a better outdoor educator through my time at AWV and eventually found myself with career opportunities post college that matched my career goals thanks to their guidance and connections. I truly don't believe there is another program available to WVU students that will give them this kind of individual attention and guidance, be it for parks and rec students or not!