Leadership Studies Program
June 4-9, 2017
The Leadership Studies Program, a one-week residential program, is designed for students who have completed grades 6-11, who have a desire to develop and enhance their leadership abilities. Students will be housed in dormitories on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. Tuition includes room, board, recreational activities, and limited accident insurance.
A limited number of scholarships is available for this program. Students interested in receiving scholarships for this program must provide the following:
- evidence of good standing in their school or learning community,
- two letters of recommendation from teachers, community leaders, or other non-family members who are aware of the student’s potential for leadership
- two essays
Essay 1: 200 words maximum on the topic “What Makes Someone a Leader?”
Essay 2: 300 words maximum on the topic “My Goals for Being a Leader.”
Leadership I provides specific emphasis on leadership skills. Training will include those areas necessary for leadership development to include: fundamentals of leadership, written and oral communication, group dynamics, problem solving, planning, personal skills, and decision making. Students will explore avenues for becoming leaders in their schools, communities, and faith-based institutions in order to heighten their awareness and development for leadership potential.
Leadership I is a prerequisite for this course. The course is an intense study which further develops leadership concepts and qualities. Emphasis is placed on the psychology of leadership, assertiveness training, and situational leadership.
Leadership II is a prerequisite for this course. Accelerated training will focus on the legal aspects of leadership, responsibilities of various positions of leadership, the development of personal leadership styles, and leadership qualities for the 21st Century.
Students at all levels will have the opportunity to engage with area leaders at the culminating Professional Leadership Breakfast which is an annual formal event held at the conclusion of the program. Area dignitaries will be in attendance.
STUDENT RESPONSES TO THE PROGRAM
"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."