The Wisconsin Youth Leadership Academy is a year-long experience for high school students, comprised of a week-long residential summer camp and a schedule of supporting activities throughout the school year.
During this intensive week of training and throughout the ongoing year, the Academy will use a three-tiered approach to youth leadership development:
Tier I: Developing a Personal Brand – Ethics and Values
Students will be led on a journey of self-discovery as they consciously and explicitly define themselves and their beliefs. Through personal branding, they will identify their value to the world.
Tier II: Learning Practical Leadership Skills
Using The Student Leadership Challenge (Kouzes and Pozner) text as a foundation, Academy students will learn “the Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders.” In addition to traditional learning, they will engage in experiential activities to challenge their thoughts, beliefs and actions, putting their leadership lessons into practice.
Tier III: Creating an Action Plan
Students will develop an action plan in an area of their choice (health, environment, business, politics, etc.). The plan will specify a set of goals and objectives they will achieve throughout the coming school year.
Each Academy student will be matched with a community mentor to help implement the action plan. Additionally, the Academy will host a series of ongoing learning opportunities throughout the school year to refine students’ leadership skills and address challenges encountered on the journey.
Student performance will be measured and recorded at every step of the process to ensure the quality and effectiveness of the Academy.