Today, we begin the 15th year of the Summer Speech intensive (SSI). We had no idea what SSI would become when we launched this camp in the summer of 2005. It has become an energy that is indescribable, but you know the power of it when you experience it. SSI is about developing the next generation of empathetic leaders. SSI is about developing the next agents of change. SSI is about developing the desire to FAIL BIG! SSI is about developing the proper way to view competition. SSI is about developing the championship mindset. SSI is about developing transferable life-skills. SSI is about the process, not the outcome. SSI is about celebrating the youth voice at time when the youth voice is being called incompetent. Yes, we think SSI participants will win some trophies along the way, but SSI is something so much bigger than a trophy. SSI is about transforming lives. It is time for SSI 19 to begin at Concordia College. #yourstagessi19.