This comprehensive training consists of an overnight training retreat, monthly group meetings, one-on-ones with the Assistant Director and social events. It serves to educate FIRE Starters on issues that the GRC addresses, improve leadership and facilitation skills, and strengthen the FIRE Starter community. Most importantly, it nurtures their moral formation as role models at Notre Dame.
Each year a handful of veteran FIRE Starters serve on the Leadership Team. They assist with planning the retreat, monthly meetings and social events. Additionally, they serve as an advisory committee about the needs of the FIRE Starters as a whole.
Prior to the start of the academic year, all FIRE Starters are required to attend an overnight retreat which facilitates peer educators getting to know themselves and each other and explores how they can best serve the broader University community. Through a series of workshops, activities, talks and reflections, FIRE Starters gain an understanding about the history, identity and mission of the GRC, their biases as instructors, techniques for group facilitation and ways to become role models on campus. In order to develop team building skills within the group, this retreat features a high ropes course, tree climbing, role playing, storytelling and a bonfire.
These training and planning meetings typically occur in the first week of the month during the fall and spring semesters. They build on the overnight training retreat by educating FIRE Starters about particular issues for upcoming GRC programs, developing leadership and facilitation skills, and strengthening the FIRE Starter community.
Optional Social Events
The Christmas Party and Year-End Celebration are a time to enjoy good food, great company and conversation.
These supervisory meetings occur between each FIRE Starter and the Assistant Director two times per year, once in each of the fall and spring semesters, to increase communication and leadership development.
See the Calendar for the schedule of monthly meetings, optional social events and the training retreat.