Frequently Asked Questions By Educators
Q: What kind of supervision will my student have while at the conference?
Students are assigned to groups (led by Staff members) that meet throughout the day and are expected to attend all sessions. Staff will alert the Director if a student is absent and an effort will be made to locate the student on the campus, dorm, etc. Rules are very specific about staying with their group at all times and communicating any issues that would prevent them from doing so (illness/personal). There is a room check every night at curfew to make sure students are in assigned rooms. Again, staff will attempt to locate the student if not in the room and will contact Campus Security immediately and contact parents. [Note: Staff are screened and background checks are conducted annually. Students with irresponsible behaviors and authority issues should NOT attend the conference.]
Q: If my school/organization pays a student’s registration fee, and they are unable to attend, will we receive a refund?
Refunds are issued to the person or organization that paid the registration fee. If you cancel within 15 days of the start date of the conference, there is NO refund since we have already paid the host facility for lodging and meals, hired staff, and ordered curriculum based on enrollment. If you cancel more than 15 days prior to a conference, you will receive a full refund less a $50 application processing fee. Out of courtesy, we ask that you notify us if your student is unable to attend so that we may accurately plan for the conference. To read more, see our refund policy under the application link.
Q: Who is responsible for transporting students to the conference?
It is the student’s responsibility to arrange their own transportation. Often club leaders/sponsors will transport everyone in their group, or parents will car pool to save money on gas. Tomorrow’s America Foundation is NOT responsible for transportation.
Q: What should I do if some of my students do not receive their confirmation packet?
Any student who does not receive a confirmation packet should call the Tomorrow’s America Foundation office at 803-628-0000 immediately so that we can confirm their registration and send them a new one. (New for 2014: a link for the confirmation packet will be emailed to student.)
Q: May I request that my students be assigned to the same breakout sessions?
Your students from your club or organization will be able to sit together during General Sessions and have meals together; however, they will be randomly assigned to various breakout groups. It is our goal for all the students who attend BLC to move out of their "comfort zones" and to meet new people (that's part of Leadership!).
Please refer to all of the FAQ in the other sections above.