What Students Are Saying…

  • “The most important thing I learned today is that a leader must be trustworthy, cooperative, and the most reliable person that people can depend on. They must be prepared for a presentation, show emotions that are good, and solve problems as a team.”
  • “I learned a lot about public speaking and how you should speak loud and make eye contact.”
  • “I learned how to talk to my classmates and share ideas with them.”

What Teachers Are Saying…

  • “I really feel like just giving them a chance to think about what it really means to lead is incredibly powerful.”
  • “It seemed to have made my students ‘think.’ They really seemed to grasp what leadership is.”
  • “My students learned a lot about the importance of working as a team.”
  • “The children came up with some great ideas that could be implemented within the schools.”
  • “The team-building exercises were very helpful. They walked away feeling confident in their classmates and themselves.”
  • “This conference allowed our students to build and practice leadership skills in a safe, encouraging environment.”



Registration Fees

If Principal is a GAESP/GAMSP Member If Principal is NOT a GAESP/GAMSP Member
Students $40 $50
Adults (Teachers and Chaperones) $20
Bus Drivers $0 with complimentary lunch provided
(for drivers not participating in SUAL program)


Please Note: If at least 75 participants are not signed-up at the close of regular registration, we reserve the right to cancel the scheduled conference and will promptly notify and refund any monies to those schools that had submitted reservation requests.

Directions to each conference site are available in the school resources box below. Please share directions with your bus drivers, as GPS directions are often misleading.

Required Information

  • Date and location of the conference you would like to attend
  • School name
  • Contact name
  • Contact phone number and email
  • Number of student slots you would like to reserve
  • Grade level of above students
  • Number of adult slots you would like to reserve
  • Number of bus drivers you will have
  • Whether or not your school principal is a member of GAESP or GAMSP

Adult Responsibilities

Please arrange for at least one adult (chaperone or teacher) to accompany each teaching group (our teaching groups are typically comprised of 20 students). The chaperone’s responsibilities are to supervise and discipline students when they are in workshops, moving between activities, and during mealtime. Chaperones must be present at all workshops and meal times.

Please meet with chaperones before the trip and cover responsibilities and expectations. We want everyone to feel comfortable, a part of the program, and learn along with the students. The more the chaperones, teachers, and Step Up and Lead instructors are informed and work as a team, the smoother the overall experience for everyone. We suggest that you have a chaperone meeting before your trip to provide them with guidelines and fill them in on their responsibilities.

General Chaperone Responsibilities include:

– Supervise students at meals.
– Supervise students between activities.
– Enforce rules for students. Correct students when and if necessary.
– Report any disciplinary/school-related incidents to the lead teacher from the school.
– Report any maintenance or programming needs to Step Up and Lead staff.


Name Address Phone Email
Gracie Kuyrkendall Georgia 4-H
Hoke Smith Annex
Athens, GA 30602-4356
706-542-4444 gkuyrk@uga.edu
Jason Estep Georgia 4-H
Hoke Smith Annex
Athens, GA 30602-4356
706-542-8919 jason.estep@uga.edu
Mr. Hal Beaver GAESP Executive Director
P.O. Box 6445
Athens, GA 30602
(706) 250-4800 hal@gael.org