The Captains Program is a leadership opportunity for students who are dedicated to serving and representing IJGA.
IJGA offers a unique opportunity to outstanding juniors and seniors. We provide high achieving individuals a chance to polish their leadership skills on a peer level before they attend college.
Each year, IJGA BG identifies twelve upperclassmen to be Student Captains and twelve Trainee Captains who work closely with coaches and staff to enhance student life throughout the entire academy community.
The Captains Program is an opportunity for our students to draw upon their unique skills and talents to make a positive difference in the lives of others. These young leaders learn valuable skills and experience in mentoring and leading others and demonstrate strong character traits and civic responsibility.
Each Captain must maintain a 3.0 GPA and be in good standing in the IJGA BG community. The Captain is the head of their household and inspires fellow students to take pride in their home. Captains generate a chore list and a rotation of these responsibilities with his or her housemates. They serve as a liaison between housemates and staff. Ambassadors as a group have the responsibility of being the student council of IJGA BG, meeting twice a month and discussing student body issues. The goal of these discussions is that the team of Captains will come up with enlightened solutions. During this student council meeting they are also trained with additional leadership skills using the Habitudes for Building Student Leaders program.
Captains oversee safety in their homes, being the first line on any issue and quickly calling in house parents to assist. They are trained in fire safety by the local fire department and are knowledgeable about fire extinguishers and alarms in their residencies. Additionally, Captains have the privilege of becoming certified in first aid.
With all these responsibilities, Captains will get some exciting benefits. Each Captain receives service hours to meet their Montverde commitments. They take part in Captains Night Out events where they will attend dinners off campus. They will have other Captain bonding experiences such as guest speakers and unique outings.
Senior Captains receive additional benefits. They have an option of a single room, if available, or to share a master bedroom. They get access to their own personal golf cart, with the Captain’s name on it and parked in the garage every night. However, with the great privilege of a personal golf cart comes great responsibility. The Captains therefore go through a golf cart training course and have strict cart rules to abide by. Also, the Captains are expected to give fellow students rides as needed.
The Captains Program gives these select students a firsthand experience with leading their peers with training and assistance from qualified staff. Each Captain experiences pride in managing their team of housemates and witnessing their influence take effect. The skills and experiences they receive can last a lifetime and gives these students a head start to college and their professional careers.