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    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Summer Leadership Development Academy

    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Summer Leadership Development Academy


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Online
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: One Week
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: Leadership, Career Exploration
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
    • Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
    • Call: (413) 577-2112
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    Learn about Summer 2022 Pre-College opportunities at UMass Amherst. Our residential and online pre-college programs are designed to give you a preview of the UMass student experience, including college-level academics and being part of a learning community of high school students from all across the U.S. and the world. Our programs feature faculty-led courses, state-of-the-art facilities, and the #1 campus dining in the U.S., as ranked by the Princeton Review.


    This one-week course will guide high school students in developing core skills and knowledge for effective leadership. Leadership begins with being grounded in one’s own vision, values, strengths and growth areas. The course begins with helping you to develop a deeper understanding of yourself, and then examines how you can apply your learning to lead others and influence the world around you.

    No prior leadership experience is required. This course meets you where you are and helps you to design a path for your own development as a leader. The program will include live lectures, discussions, small groups, games, and applied learning modules. It is designed to be highly interactive. Questions we will explore: Who am I? What do I value and why? What are my strengths? What is leadership? In what ways do I want to impact the world?

    During the course, you will:

    • Develop your own personal leadership plan
    • Gain an increased self-awareness of your unique talents
    • Develop strategies to turn your natural talents into strengths to enhance your ability to achieve your goals
    • Utilize a powerful self-assessment tool to assess your own personal leadership style, values, and beliefs
    • Practice and strengthen your facilitative leadership skills
    • Make new connections with other students

    Students of all backgrounds, beliefs, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, gender expressions, national origins, religious affiliations, sexual orientations, ability – and other visible and nonvisible differences are welcome in this course.

    Schedule: Online Live Sessions Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 1:00pm - 4:00pm (EDT) via Zoom, plus asynchronous, independent work outside of class meeting times.

    Online courses will be delivered through live meetings and will include offline assignment and projects. Courses meet synchronously 3 - 5 times per week primarily using Zoom, but may use other communication tools. Courses will be managed through UMass Amherst's Moodle or Blackboard platforms.