High School Leadership Academy (HSLA)

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High School Leadership Academy

Made possible by a grant from the Topeka Community Foundation, the High School Leadership Academy (HSLA) is a collaborative initiative between Washburn University and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce to develop leadership skills in high school students and create a greater awareness about ways they can become involved in influencing positive change in their communities. The program will also introduce participants to potential career opportunities in the region post-graduation.

The 2018 HSLA will be held June 10-16, 2018 at Washburn University. Participants will be housed on campus and will be mentored by current Washburn University students serving as peer mentors. Throughout the week, participants will be exposed to the adaptive leadership framework and learn to distinguish between technical and adaptive challenges in the community. The program will introduce concepts from the Kansas Leadership Center, including awareness and application of the four competencies of Diagnosing the Situation, Managing Self, Energizing Others, and Intervening Skillfully. The program will also provide a behind-the-scenes look at local businesses and organizations and provide awareness of the many ways leadership is demonstrated throughout the city of Topeka.

Who Should Participate?

Participation in the High School Leadership Academy is limited to rising high school juniors in Shawnee County. Selection for participation will occur through a nomination process. Each Shawnee County high school will be represented, with a maximum of 25 total participants (each school should have 2-3 representatives).

Program Structure

Participants will arrive on campus on June 10 and will be housed in Lincoln Hall. Throughout the week, students will experience site visits, tours, interactive presentations and guest speakers. The program will be held on campus as well as in a variety of locations throughout the Topeka community. Sessions will be interactive and engaging, and each day will include social activities as well as time for debriefing and processing in small groups.

The week-long experience will conclude on with a banquet on Friday, June 15 for participants, peer mentors, and community partners, and will also feature an opportunity for participants to showcase some of what they learned throughout the week on the final morning, June 16.

Important Dates

Nomination Deadline – January 22, 2018

Application Deadline – February 20, 2018

Selection Announcement – TBA

HSLA Orientation with Parents – May 2, 2018

HSLA Summer Program – June 10 - 16, 2018