Leading Edge: High School Students
Leading Edge is our comprehensive community leadership program developed specifically for high school teens (current sophomores and juniors). We at LPP believe that civic engagement and leadership are skills that should be developed early in life through self-discovery and hands-on experiences. Leading Edge students gain an understanding of themselves, their communities, and their city through networking interactions with community leaders, exploration of local agencies and organizations, and leadership skill development curriculum. Students will graduate the program as engaged and involved citizens who are working to make a difference in our community.
OBJECTIVES AND GOALS
Leadership of the Self
One of the first steps to leadership development is to understand ourselves – who we are, what we can do, and how we are perceived by others. For leadership to be actualized, we must understand our position in the Pikes Peak community by exploring our individual strengths, personality types, abilities, passions, and potential for personal growth.
Leadership of our Communities
A critical component of leadership development is learning how to apply our abilities to our own personal communities. A personal community is an intimate network of people with whom we align ourselves, and the places, issues, and organizations we rally around in our city.
Leadership of our City
Developing community trustees requires us to know where and how we can make a difference in the greater Pikes Peak community. LPP introduces participants to community leaders and informs them of local challenges. Program graduates will increase their confidence, skills, and abilities to strengthen the city, thus becoming a community trustee.
A typical Leading Edge summer consists of a total of 11 session days, focusing on leadership of the self, community, and city. Each session will have a focus on a key civic engagement topic within our community and will explore these topics on a deep experiential level. The program kicks off with a three-day intensive to begin developing team building, self-understanding, communication skills, and the start of our communtiy exploration. The following week consists of another three-day intensive diving deeper into the Colorado Springs community. Sessions will then continue Wednesdays on a weekly basis through the end of the summer, concluding with a Project Presentation and Graduation Day.
In addition to class sessions, students will work in groups on community service projects throughout the summer. These projects are proposed by local non-profit agencies and are specifically designed to make an impact and meaningful difference to the project organization and the community. Students will work with their groups on their own time along with an organization liaison and an adult project mentor. Students will present their final projects at the Project Presentation and Graduation Day to community leaders, family, and friends.
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Leading Edge Class of 2018
Leadership Pikes Peak is excited to announce the graduation of the Leading Edge Class of 2018. These 21 students (from 12 different local high schools) are the newest members of an ever-growing family of LPP alumni now numbering over 2,500 leaders.
Here is what the Class of 2018 had to say about their experience:
"Leading Edge increased the knowledge I have of my community and has equipped me with the skills and confidence to take action". - Aaron K.
"Leading Edge helped me become more outgoing and more confident in myself and my abilities" - Jordan E.
"If you have the opportunity to join Leading Edge, do it!!" - Andrea F.
This program is open to current sophomores and juniors. Applications are due by March 15, 2018 for the Summer 2019 program. In addition to the student application, each applicant must be nominated by a school administrator, counselor, teacher, coach, mentor and/or civic leader. Nominations and applications are to be completed through our online form (see buttons at top of page). Only complete applications that have corresponding nominations will be reviewed. Due to the demand of this program we will be conducting interviews in early Spring to select our best-fit candidates.
Scholarships are available and past leadership experience is not a requirement. Please apply regardless of your leadership experience or financial situation.
Incomplete applications can not be saved and returned to later, so please be prepared to complete the application once you begin. Below are some of the questions you will be ask that you should be prepared to answer before starting the application.
- Parent/Guardian contact information
- Annual household income (grant reporting purposes\scholarship)
- What most defines you as a person? How would you describe yourself?
- If you could change one thing about Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region, what would it be and why?
- What do you hope to gain by participating in the Leading Edge program?
- Give an example of someone you consider a good leader? What makes this person a good leader?
- Do you foresee any potential scheduling conflicts in regards to your personal calendar and the Leading Edge program dates?
Program tuition is $500. This includes the cost of materials, meals, and transportation. Scholarship assistance is available.
"Leading Edge has helped me get out of my shell. I used to be really awkward and I didn't know how to talk to people, but now I can without any problem. I also love helping people but I had no idea how I could, but now I know. Thank you Kasi and thanks to the steering committee for such a wonderful summer full of adventures. It will be one I won't forget!!" - 2016 LE Graduate
"I personally think this program helped me open up to people and be able to strengthen my leadership skills. I loved the leaders and the opportunities I was given so I am very thankful to have been in this program." - LE 2016 Graduate
"I have developed networking skills as well as positive relationship building tools to help me in college and beyond." - 2015 LE Graduate
"I've learned through Leading Edge that I REALLY do matter. I'm not just a teenager with no control. I have power in my community and because of Leading Edge, I have the tools to succeed!" - 2014 LE Graduate