What advisors are saying . . .
Our middle school leadership team is brand new. This was our first ACSI MS Leadership Conference and we will DEFINITELY be going back for years to come! The students came away knowing more about themselves, more about their potential, and felt empowered to do more for their school! (Firm Foundation Christian School, Battle Ground, WA)
Tim and Brian have a contagious energy, fueled by a love of young people. They engage students where they are but lead them to become so much more. Their sessions are vibrant and real. Students come away ready to get involved and make a difference in the world around them. (Southern Maryland Christian Academy, White Plains, MD)
Awesome environment! Engaging, practical, and applicable as soon as you return to school. (United Christian Academy, Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
The students learned how they could make a difference within their school by taking personal ownership for change. The group developed a group plan that they later presented to the entire school. They were excited to learn that they could make a difference in our school and in our community. (Bethesda Christian Academy, Durham, NC)
Great message. Perfectly tailored and delivered to middle school aged students. (Lake Norman Christian School, Huntersville, NC)
If you work with middle schoolers, you know they are capable of so much greatness. But it can be so frustrating that others, including our students themselves, can't see it. That is what ACSI MS Leadership Conference is all about--reminding each one that God has made us each wonderfully, uniquely and with mind blowing potential that can be tapped into right now. (Camas Christian Academy, Camas, WA)
This is a fantastic, one-day event that will open your students' eyes to needs around them and how they, even as students, can meet those needs. With a strong emphasis on God and being His hands and feet, students are galvanized into action to positively impact their schools, communities, and world for Christ. They are encouraged to rise to the challenge of being the leader God has called them to be! (Atlantic Christian School, Egg Harbor Township, NJ)
I loved the pace. I think it was perfect for the kids. Switching speakers, media, rooms, space all made it very MS learner appropriate.
I also appreciated the content. I think that the kids are ready for the "big stuff" and it was handled well. (Lakewood Christian Schools, Long Beach, CA)
My students were actively engaged during every minute of the day! (Downers Grove Christian School, Downers Grove, IL)
I would strongly recommend the ACSI Middle School Leadership Conference to any school, regardless of size. The topics were very relevant and the way they were addressed was not only creative, but effective with this age group. It was encouraging and fun for our students to share the experience with those from other schools who came and they were motivated to become involved as leaders in the school. (Midwestern Christian Academy, Chicago, IL)
The ACSI MS Leadership Conference was very impactful on my students! Brian and Tim relate very well to the Middle School kid and were able to effectively speak into their lives. They gave my students practical advice and things to think about in how to be a good leader even at a young age. I want all my middle school students to go through their training! (Delaware Christian School, Delaware, OH)
I would highly recommend the ACSI MS Leadership Conference for all schools. The content is great and the presentations are very engaging for the students! (Eugene Christian School, Eugene, OR)
This was a fantastic event. Tim and Brian really connected with the students and challenged them using a variety of instructional methods. Our students were blessed and encouraged in their faith and we are looking forward to how the students will use this experience to impact the rest of our campus. (Grove City Christian School, Grove City, OH)
The ACSI MS Leadership Conference can have a great impact on your students if they really apply the knowledge to opportunities at their school, neighborhood or community. Our school has been attending ACSI MS Leadership Conferences for a few years now, and our students always come away motivated to participate in events that have a positive impact on our school as well as fellow students. (Penn Christian Academy, Butler, PA)
OneDay led a relevant conference for the middle schoolers in our area. The event was well attended and kept the attention of the middle schoolers, which is a task in itself. The depth of the material was appropriate for the age and helped look within themselves to become more confident in what God has planned for their lives. (Liberty Christian School, Owings, Mills, MD)
This was time well spent. We left with clear ideas and a plan regarding how we can walk out the message of the gospel and share the message with others. Students left empowered knowing they can make a real difference. (San Ramon Valley Christian Academy, Danville, CA)
The ACSI MS Leadership Conference will help your students grow in their understanding of how they can use their leadership abilities to make an impact in their communities be it school, church or their own neighborhood. (Salem Christian School, Macungie, PA)
The ACSI MS Leadership Conference was an amazing opportunity for our students to come face to face with how they can become better leaders for the Kingdom of God. It challenged our students to stand out and be the difference in a generation that is trying to conform them to the patterns of the world. At the end of the conference, our students were so excited to come up with a project that would impact our school and the community around us. (Atlantic Christian School, Egg Harbor Township, NJ)
The ACSI MS Leadership Conference provided students with a way to reconsider how they view themselves and others. Some are so quick to only see the negative in themselves. This gave us a chance to address that negativity in a forthright and supportive manner. (South Shore Christian Academy, Weymouth, MA)
Well thought out and engaging. Loved all of the interactive learning. (Willamette Christian School, Eugene, OR)
Super well put together day! My students enjoyed the activities and walked away knowing each other better. Not only did they build relationships, but got to know themselves better and are excited about their impact and power. (King's Way Christian School, Vancouver, WA)
Brian and Tim do an amazing job engaging middle school students in a way that is meaningful for the kids. OneDay is a great experience for student leaders to look at their strengths and empower them to make a change in their school and their community. (Columbia County Christian School, St. Helens, OR)
Well planned, engaging, relevant, and applicable focus for the day that empowered students to return to their schools and spheres of influence to make an eternal impact for Christ. (Heritage Christian School, University Place, WA)
This conference is a great opportunity for MS students in leadership to learn how to harness their potential and use it to make a change in their school and community. (Highlands Christian School, San Bruno, CA)
The day was a blessing to our student council as we learned more about each other's personalities and worked together to come up with a service project to take back to our school. (Heritage Christian School, Northridge, CA)
The day was thought-provoking, fun, and impactful to all who attended. Our students were challenged to think about how they can use their God-given gifts to build up others and change school culture in a positive way. (Oaks Christian School, Westlake Village, CA)
They loved the games, the visuals, the activities! It was such a blessing to engage these students, to empower them, and to stir their hearts and lives for God's work. They walked away with a renewed mind and spirit. And I can say that for myself too! (South Hills Academy, West Covina, CA)
We loved the "impact plan". It's easy to attend something like this and feel inspired in the moment, but then walk away and slip back into our normal routine of everyday life. I love that our students were called to DO something with what they learned. (Grace Christian Academy, Tempe, AZ)
I really appreciate the thought and work that went into this event. The presenters were real and didn't sugarcoat the topics, which was refreshing. It sparked a lot of good conversation among my students past the conference!
If a middle school staff is caught up in the "prep for the test" and "complete the curriculum" doldrums, ACSI's MS Leadership Conference will help them to reconnect with the purpose they are middle school teachers in the first place. It is a great reminder that our students need to be heard - "No Voice No Value." Teens are dealing with issues that overshadow academics. Middle school staff may need to be reminded of the importance of giving students time and space to be heard. I did need it! I am convinced all of my students will benefit from what I learned by chaperoning my students and participating as an advisor.
This was my first Middle School Leadership Conference and boy did I learn A LOT!!! Please no changes. The presenters established a rapport with the entire group from the beginning. I was mesmerized watching how they got into the heads of this diverse group of middle schoolers. They bring exactly what is needed. It was a good reminder for me that "everything academic" will lead to disengagement sooner or later. Interjecting humor, anecdotes, personal stories or just a bit of silly humor WORKS! The presenters did just enough to put the students at ease. Midway through the morning, it was clear to me that the students who had arrived that morning with a pep in their step and smile on their faces were veterans and knew they were in for a treat.
Our students were able to implement a school-wide event which was generated from the ideas received at the conference.
Any school interested in or deciding whether or not to attend with their students ... DO IT! Our students left feeling heard and empowered to make a difference and lead NOW! As a teacher attending, it helped me to hear the voice of my students and to know how to better equip them in leading.
The two leaders were a great balance for the kids and kept everything relevant to their age level. They made the students feel like the issues they deal with matter and aren't insignificant because they are young!
During the last segment Tim stopped by the table and spoke with my group about their project. He gave them some suggestions on getting started and words of encouragement. I have taught these students since they were in 6th grade and I could tell he awakened something deep inside of each one of them. One of them said, "Wow, that was good!"