Monday, March 21, 2016
L.E.A.P. stands for Leadership, Empowerment, Achievement, and Progress. The academy is geared toward high school students, and was created in March 2013 with the goal “to inspire future leaders who care about the success of the 10–county region and to empower them with the knowledge that they can make a positive difference in what our region can achieve as we move forward.”
Students usually begin the program in the spring semester of their junior year and continue through the fall semester of their senior year. They meet at Indian Hills Community College six times (three time in the spring and three times in the fall). Over the course of the summer, students complete a service project in their community, which is a great addition to any college application.
During their on–campus meetings, students engage in a variety of hands–on activities designed to help them develop their leadership skills in the following areas: team building, goal setting, ethics, creativity, communication, handling conflict, problem solving, servant leadership, and leading change. Any school district in the Indian Hills 10-county region is eligible to sign up a total of three students to participate in the program.