HIGH SCHOOL LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

June 12-18, 2016

The High School Leadership Institute (HSLI) is a dynamic, hands-on, learning experience. The institute includes training in team-building skills and leadership development. The week is highlighted by a service trip to Chicago.

The HSLI allows high school students in their junior year to apply for the opportunity to participate in a summer institute where they study and practice leadership skills and service as a form of community and civic engagement. Students work under the direction of faculty and staff affiliated with the Wartburg Institute for Leadership Education.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Bill Soesbe, HSLI Coordinator, 319-415-9852, or hsli@wartburg.edu

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2016 High School Leadership Institute.

About the Program

The HSLI allows high school students in their junior year to apply for the opportunity to participate in a summer institute where they study and practice leadership skills and service as a form of community and civic engagement. Students work under the direction of faculty and staff affiliated with the Wartburg Institute for Leadership Education.

Participate in team-building activities and hands-on service projects designed to expand and challenge leadership and service skills.

Travel to Chicago to work with Holy Family Lutheran School to work with their summer youth program.

Develop a community service project to be implemented in their home communities during their senior year of high school.

Work with a trained college student mentor.

Create a portfolio and submit it for review to the Institute for Leadership Education.

Successful projects & portfolios result in:
3.5 semester hours of transferable college credit for “LS115: Elements of Leadership and participants who attend Wartburg are eligible for a scholarship worth $1000 per year for up to four years. Attendance at the full week institute is required.

PARTICIPANT APPLICATION

Application Deadline: Friday, April 29, 2016

Applicants will be ranked based on the following criteria: 

  • Essay including the following
    • Potential community need
    • Potential service project to be completed during senior year of high school that meets that need
    • Potential value of the project for the student and the community
    • Potential number impacted
    • Potential depth of impact
    • Potential sustainability of the project after the student leaves for college
  • High School Transcripts (unofficial copy is acceptable)
  • Recommendation letters from one teacher and one community member

Cost: $650* The cost for each participant includes:

  • tuition payment for 3.5 hours of college credit (an $810 value)
  • full room and board on campus for week of institute (over $200 value)
  • travel and accommodations in Chicago (over $150 value)

MENTOR APPLICATION

Application Criteria (Deadline: Dec. 18)

8-10 Wartburg students will be selected to serve as Youth Leader Mentors (YLMs) for the High School Leadership Institute. Current 1st-3rd year Wartburg students are encouraged to complete the application materials and submit them to hsli@wartburg.edu, 319-352-8446.

Mentors will receive:

• A $400 stipend• Room and board for the week-long summer workshop• ½ credit for completing the Youth Leadership Mentor Seminar (LS 315)• A unique applied leadership opportunity

Applications must include and will be ranked based on the following criteria:

• Resume with focus on experience working with high school students• Letter of recommendation from an individual who can testify to the applicant’s ability to work with adolescent youth• Letter of recommendation from a Wartburg faculty or staff member• Student essay (1-2 pages) identifying: why the applicant would be a good mentor in this program, the potential value to the applicant of participating in this program• Application form (coming soon)All YLMs will enroll in a ½ credit training program (LS 315) during the second 7 weeks of Winter Term, explicitly designed to help them develop their full potential to serve as mentors to high school students who will participate in the High School Leadership Institute. Successful completion of the training program will be a requisite for participating as a YLM, and the top candidates will be offered positions as YLMs.

Note: The applicant’s academic profile will also be considered as an indicator for the probability of success.