Leadership Studies Program

group of students and community leaders at breakfast



June 7-12, 2015

Sponsored by Bancorp South 


Students in grades six through 11 in the 2014-15 school year who have a desire to develop and enhance leadership abilities are eligible for the program.



LEADERSHIP I    is a program with specific emphasis on leadership skills. Training will include those areas necessary for leadership development: fundamentals of leadership, written and oral communication, group dynamics, problem solving, planning, personal skills and decision-making. Avenues for becoming leaders in school, community and religious affiliation will be utilized to heighten the awareness and development of leadership potential.


LEADERSHIP II     is a continuation of Leadership I. It is an intense study to further develop leadership concepts and qualities. Emphasis will be placed on the psychology of leadership, assertiveness training and situational leadership.


LEADERSHIP III   is an extension of the program, with training focusing on the legal aspects of leadership, responsibilities of various positions of leadership, developing personal power and leadership for the future. Students also have the opportunity for informal interaction with adult leaders.


Students will be housed in dormitories on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. Instructional activities will be conducted in classrooms on the campus. Qualified teachers, supervisors and counselors will be with the students at all times.



The total cost of (not yet determined) includes tuition, room and board, recreational activities and limited accident insurance. Civic organizations and businesses may sponsor a student. Contact with such groups should be made directly by the teacher, school counselor, administrator or parent. Limited financial aid is available based on need.


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For additional information about the Leadership Studies Program, please write Director, Leadership Studies Program, The University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Drive #8207, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001, or call 601.266.5236 or 601.266.5246, or e-mail gifted.studies@usm.edu.



"I feel more confident and have more courage to be a leader."

"I learned a lot about myself and leadership skills."

"I made new friends and learned many new skills that will help me throughout life."