CHARACTER: THE PREREQUISITE TO LEADERSHIP
Character matters when it comes to launching leaders. At Leadership Launch we focus on three main character skills based off of research that will help our students become leaders in the first place. They are foresight, fortitude and civic engagement.
FORESIGHT: The knowledge or insight gained by looking forward toward the future
Requiring students to set academic and leadership goals inspires students to look ahead to their future with hope, and gives them something to aspire to throughout high school, college, and beyond. The goals are intended to be a student’s North Star—a navigational system to realign them, guide them when they lose their way, and give them a reason to get up when they have been knocked down.
FORTITUDE: Mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty
High school can be an extreme time of life for our students, as they are faced with many challenges and choices that will have long-lasting consequences. Pursuing leadership and academic goals requires hard work, commitment, and sacrifice. To encourage students to continue pursuing their goals, we offer an exciting incentives program to motivate students and reward them for continuing to work hard.
We understand that our students' goals will be refined as they proceed through the program. That is why many of our activities are designed to help students explore their interests, including visits to different types of colleges, tours of different businesses and professions, and mentoring. The important part is that students continue working toward their goals and learn character skills for leadership along the way.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: Bringing knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make a difference in your community
An integral component of Leadership Launch is civic engagement. Civic engagement means "working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes." (Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, edited by Thomas Ehrlich, published by Oryx Press, 2000, Preface, page vi).
The main vehicle by which we teach civic engagement is through "Launch Projects." Students develop and implement a unique, self-driven community engagement project. These Launch Projects allow the students to make a difference in their communities, develop their character, practice their leadership skill, and increase their competitiveness for enrollment in college and success beyond college. Click here to read more about the Launch Projects.
Students are also given the opportunity to learn about and tour various governmental entities on the city, county, state, and national levels as they progress through the program.
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~Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.