Do you ever wonder if your child demonstrates leadership?
Colleges look for students who demonstrate leadership and have a track record of community service. Contrary to popular opinion, just volunteering at a food bank giving out food to the needy is not the highest form of service. And neither is holding a title such as “President” of a club (especially if you do not do very much while holding a title). What exactly is leadership?
It’s not easy to define, and developing soft skills such as leadership is a long-term process. Learning about leadership is one thing. Putting it into action is another.
Many students are natural “leaders” and do not need any help in this area, but other students really need support and guidance from a mentor in order to take action. That’s why we’ve started a new program at Ivy League Potential: Leadership Academy!
Your child can work one-on-one with a mentor over a period of 15 weeks to start a nonprofit, found a club, or start a community service initiative.
If the student is starting a nonprofit, he or she will learn about creating a legal entity, how to find board members, and fundraising.
Students will do a deep dive in their chosen area of service through studying the work of Nobel Peace Prize winners, specifically tailored for high school students.
The time commitment for this program is approximately 3-4 hours per week and includes weekly one-hour meetings with a mentor, as well as email support between sessions.
As a bonus, students may be able to obtain a good letter of recommendation from a member of the community they serve, especially if they truly make a difference in someone’s life.
This program may be done individually or in small groups (if all the students are committed to the same initiative).