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  • 27 Jun 2016 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When you register for Summer Institute, please make sure you provide the correct email address for your attendees (including youth) so that we can invite you to our Slack community. Check out our Slack post on the OMDSI.org website for more details. Thanks! - Dan Flippo, Member SIPC

  • 24 Mar 2016 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you read the new OMDSI Blog? Check it out at www.omdsi.org/news/

  • 03 Apr 2015 12:47 PM | Anonymous member

    It seems that some members only items may need updating. I see things from 2010 and 2011. ???

  • 29 Mar 2015 11:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This year we have several housing options open to us!  

    This year we have Kahn Dorm which is ALL AC and right next to the dining hall.   This dorm will be reserved for people with mobility issues who are requesting AC.   

    Bailey, Burton, Barnard and Asia House will be for people not requesting AC.   Bailey, Burton and Barnard are right on the quad and will be perfect for those who want to be in the quad community.   Bring your chair and your instrument for instant community.  

    One of these dorms will be the child care co-op dorm- be sure to note that request if you are interested in sharing child care through out the week. 

    Asia House is off the quad and for people who might want a bit of separation from the excitement of the Quad.  

    Noah will again be reserved for Ministers and DRE's.   

    Barrows will again be the Youth Focus Dorm.   The reviews from parents who stayed there last year with their child enjoyed the space. 

    Townhouses are back again.   2 people may share the bedrooms but at least 3 bedrooms need to be filled per unit per Oberlin's rules.   The Townhouses have private living space, kitchen and bathroom.   They are located at the North End of campus.  

    Email us any questions at registrar@omdsi.org.  

    Amy, Kim and Geneva

  • 29 Mar 2015 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    OMDSI Registration FAQ

    Registration Deadline: July 1, 2015. Please read the registration information below.

    Registration fee of $75.00 - Waived if registration is postmarked or you register online before June 1, 2015.

    Who must register?

    Everyone has to register

    • Infants, children, youth, young adults, adults and part-time attendees
    • Full-time and Part-time staff - including theme speakers, workshop leaders, touch group leaders etc.

    How do I register?

    • You can register online here this is the preferred method of registration
    • You can register by calling 412-999-7067 to schedule registration session. 
    • Required forms:
      • CHILD SUPERVISION CONTRACT for anyone entering the 6th grade or younger (including infants)
      • YOUTH FORM for anyone entering 7th grade through 12th grade, and also 2014 high school graduates who haven't "bridged" into the Young Adult Group.
      • GUARDIAN FORM for anyone who is attending with someone who is not their legal guardian or custodial parent. 

      • Child and Youth contracts can be scanned and emailed to office@ohiomeadville.org or faxed to 1-866-460-7969. Guardian forms MUST be mailed as they contain a notary seal. Guardian forms will be returned to the responsible adult when they arrive at SI.
    When can I register?
    • Registration will open APRIL 1ST. 
    • Early Registration (NO Registration Fee)
      • Complete your online registration by 6/1/2015
      • Complete and mail in your registration, postmarked on or before 6/1/2015
    • Late Registration ($75 Registration Fee)
      • Must be completed online/postmarked on or before 7/1/2015

    Besides saving $75, why should I register early?

    • Workshops fill up quickly
    • Dorm requests and Air Conditioning requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis
    • You'll make life a little easier for the Summer Institute Registration Team.

    How much does it cost to attend Summer Institute?

    • Costs this year are based on the choices you make in housing and meals.
    What do my fees cover?
    • Programming fees cover all the programming costs. Housing fees cover your housing costs. Meal fees cover your meal costs.
    Are scholarships or financial aid available?
    • There is a limited amount of scholarship money available
    • See the scholarships page for detailed information and application packet.
    • If you have questions please contact Scholarship Chair, John Rodeheffer at scholarships@omdsi.org 
    Speaking of scholarships, can I donate money to the scholarship fund?
    • Absolutely. There is a section on the Payment Form where you can donate to the Scholarship Fund. These donations may be tax deductible, per IRS regulations. Not registering? You can donate here.

    Do I have to pay in full when I register?

    • Complete your online registration and follow the instructions at the end. Within 48 hours you will receive a confirmation invoice that has been reviewed with a link to pay via paypal or instructions for mailing a check.
    • Check payments must pay at least half with registration with the balance due at check in.
    • Credit card payments must be paid in full.

    If something comes up and I'm not able to attend Summer Institute who should I notify and can I get a refund?

    • If you need to cancel your registration please contact Amy Kent at 412-999-7067 or registrar@omdsi.org
    • If you cancel by June 21st, you'll be refunded the total amount less $25 per person.
    • If you cancel after June 21st, you'll be refunded the total amount less $50 per person.

    Will I hear from SI after I register online or send in my registration?


  • 27 May 2014 5:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Parents,

    I was asked to provide some guidance in selecting housing for you and your youth this year. First, a summary of options:

    • House your whole family in a dorm unrelated to youth
    • House at least one adult and your rising 7/8/9 grader (Jr. High) in the family dorm near other jr high families
    • House your rising 10/11/12 grader (Senior High) on a youth majority floor and yourself on the multigenerational floor in the youth focused dorm
    • House your rising 10/11/12 grader in a room next to you on the multigenerational floor in the youth focused dorm
    • House your rising 10/11/12 grader in your room on either the multigenerational floor or youth majority floor in the youth focused dorm
    • House your rising 10/11/12 grader on the youth majority floor in the youth focused dorm and yourself and younger siblings on the multigenerational floor
    • House your rising 10/11/12 grader and one parent in the youth focused dorm and younger siblings and a second parent in another dorm

    Summer Institute, by it’s nature, gives all but our youngest children a chance to gain new freedoms and earn parents’ increasing trust (or not). Parents often ask me about how much freedom their youth should have and I always encourage parents to assess the amount of freedom they give their youth in relation to how successful that youth has been with recent freedom. Youth need limits and boundaries, consequences for violated trust, and chances to prove themselves. Consequences for violations of trust need not be punitive, it is natural to restrict freedom after a parent’s trust in a youth has been broken until such a point as the youth has regained the parent’s trust. Similarly, it is also natural to give youth more freedom after they have proven themselves capable (indeed not doing so is likely to stymie their growing sense of healthy autonomy in ways that interfere with their development and their relationship with you). My experience with youth (and children) is that they are most often successful with gradual increases in freedom rather than sudden increases. Gradual increases also have the benefit of having yet more freedom available should your youth prove him or herself, providing another layer of motivation.

    Should your rising 10, 11, and 12th grader stay on the youth majority floor? Here are some questions to consider:

    1. Do you trust your youth to follow your instructions as to which rooms and with whom they can be?
    2. Do you trust your youth to be able to say “no” to another youth who wishes them to bend/break rules such as be in a room with folks you haven’t okayed? And to seek help if their “no” isn’t listened to?
    3. Do you trust your youth to tell you if anything is uncomfortable for them?
    4. Has your youth followed your instructions at past SI’s or other events in terms of keeping in touch? (e.g. returning texts promptly, meeting when agreed)
    5. Are you comfortable walking up stairs to check on your youth?
    6. Has your youth done or failed to do anything recently to cause you to doubt your trust in them?

    If any of the above doesn’t feel right to you, you can request your older youth housed next door to you on the multigenerational floor in the youth focused dorm, even in your room on the multigenerational floor, or you and your family may be housed in another dorm entirely. Senior high youth housed in another dorm can still hang out with other youth in the supervised lounge from 12am-4am and will be walked home by night angels.

    Should your older youth’s younger sibling stay with you in the youth focused dorm on the multigenerational floor? Here are some questions to consider:

    1. Do you trust this sibling to stay in their room after curfew?
    2. Do you have any concerns that the temptation to go hangout with the older youth is too much?
    3. Is your younger youth drawn to older youth in any kind of way that worries you?
    4. Has your younger youth done or failed to do anything recently to cause you to doubt your trust in them?
    5. Do you trust your older youth to support you in the limits you set for your younger youth including backing you up and letting you know if the younger youth has joined them in spaces where they’re not supposed to be?

    Some younger youth readily follow parental limits and wait their turn, others have difficulty understanding why they have fewer freedoms than older youth and have a tendency to rebel as a result. You know your children best and we strongly encourage you to choose housing that is the best fit for your family.

    Summer Institute provides many opportunities to permit youth (and younger children) new freedoms and as such opportunities for youth to either prove themselves or help parents see they are not ready for that freedom. If you are limiting the freedom your youth might otherwise experience in their housing, there are still freedoms that give them the chance to prove to you they are ready for more such as: informing you where they are, setting up chances to check in as a family and being there, responding to phone calls and texts, attending youth vespers and returning promptly, and so on.

    Evin Carvill-Ziemer

Questions? Problems? Contact the Registrar:
  Kim Marfy at 
registrar@omdsi.org or phone (330) 283-6417

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