What We Do

Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy is held twice a month on Saturdays and features a variety of sessions built to challenge participants in different ways intellectually, physically, and socially. Sessions are tailored to address the complex and unique issues that diverse youth face daily while also providing opportunities for individual growth and professional development.

Leadership Academy’s focus is to help students master 21st Century Skills (also referred to as the New Basic Skills). In Teaching the New Basic Skills, authors Richard Murnane (Harvard University) and Frank Levy (MIT) researched the skills required for entry-level jobs at most American companies, and found that they go beyond what the SAT tests for. These skills include:

  • Oral Presentation: The ability to speak to an audience with confidence using eye contact and body language, developing coherent and well-organized content.
  • Teamwork: The ability to work effectively and solve problems in a diverse team by working in groups, encouraging others, and giving and receiving feedback.
  • Leadership: The ability to make decisions, establish goals, volunteer to help others, and be a role model.
  • Data Analysis: The ability to solve problems using data (qualitative and quantitative), test hypotheses, draw conclusions, and interpret and communicate data.
  • Advanced Literacy: The ability to use new vocabulary, communicate effectively in writing, use critical reading skills, and make inferences from what is read.
  • Technology: The ability to identify and use technology as a tool.

By attending these sessions, students will gain the tools necessary to excel in a variety of different situations.