A+ Summer Leadership
New for the 2013 Summer Season: Leadership programs for high school and middle school students!
We developed our summer leadership training programs around the premise that students should strive to be effective leaders who demonstrate excellence by their approach and by their accomplishment -- the kind of leaders that, by virtue of their superior service, will prompt a teacher to write them an uncommonly powerful letter of recommendation for college, or will justify having a teacher or even their peers consider nominating and advocating for that student for truly special awards and selective honors.
Our leadership-focused offerings have been constructed with the view that the most significant way to encourage students into earning and taking real future leadership roles is to develop the skills and capabilities that will enable students to speak up in class, solve problems creatively and to communicate with confidence.
Enthusiasm for leadership is a universal goal of most leadership programs and camps, but it is in our view too low an accomplishment to be one of the primary goals of the program, as most students come into the program enthusiastic to assume leadership roles and 'make a mark'. Education Unlimited®'s leadership programs go far beyond promoting a general sense of enthusiasm for the idea of being a leader, and instead help students develop a sense of confidence and of perspective such that leadership is seen not as the exclusive goal in and of itself, but rather as a means to greater accomplishment in one's life, a tool for personal empowerment, and as a springboard to provide meaningful service to one's community.
Learn more about our programs by reading below, or contact us for more details.
High School Leadership Camp
Leadership skills are one of the most important traits that students will need to learn in order to be successful within any industry, yet these skills are abstract and can be difficult to teach. Education Unlimited is proud to introduce a new camp that focuses on creating great leaders through three key areas of leadership development:
Knowing Yourself as a Leader
By understanding motives and personal values, students will be provided with a firm foundation to build the leadership skills that best suits their individual leadership style. Through personality and leadership self assessment tests, students will benefit from guided self-evaluation to determine the management style that best fits their leadership goals. As part of the self-assessment, we will also consider how to best communicate with other types of leaders.
Communicating with Others
Once students understand their leadership style and goals, they are then provided with the skills they will need to communicate that direction to others. Our communications studies will cover presentation skills, meeting management and effective writing for the workplace. Each week of camp, students will:
- Give a persuasive or informative presentation
- Lead meetings with their peers
- Write proposals, memos and appropriate workplace emails
Practical Hands-On Experience
Learn by doing. Weekly projects will simulate the kind of routine leadership projects that successful high school leadership classes would be responsible to accomplish. Each project includes budget and time management, delegation of responsibilities and effective teamwork. These projects may include:
- Planning and implementing an event for a large student body
- Development and implementing a marketing campaign for an upcoming event
- Arranging and completing a community service project
- Developing and performing a community needs assessment, then creating a presentation of results and suggested actions
Middle School Leadership Camp
Our middle school session of A+ Summer Leadership encourages the development of leadership skills spanning the areas of communication, entrepreneurial thinking and project planning/small team leadership. Students will rotate through multiple classes daily, and the program will culminate in a capstone leadership project which allows students to apply the skils they learn throughout the week.
Our communication skills unit instills confidence and develops effective interpersonal skills through fun and interactive public speaking exercises, such as campaign speeches, student congress, and negotiations. Students will develop multiple speeches and will practice speaking in public during each day of the program.
Leaders need to think creatively, market their ideas, and work with limited resources. In this unit, students will develop their skills as leader-entrepreneurs through hands-on activities designed to encourage their skills as marketers and innovators. Example activities include: marketing campaign design, brainstorming methods, budgeting skills, and creative problem solving.
Project Planning and Small Team Leadership
Project management and small team management are fundamental skills of any leader. In this unit, students learn study skills, organization techniques and project management best practices, giving them a skill set that will help them in small group work in school and beyond.