The world is filled with big, challenging problems – and opportunities to solve them in creative ways. But in an era of innovation, leadership is changing. The most successful businesses don’t think they already know the answers – they succeed by finding better answers in a team. Being a leader means learning to think creatively, build a team, prototype, pitch ideas, and change on the fly when things change.
At Leadership+Design Summer high school leaders and creatives will cultivate the skills to lead in an era of change. It’s about design, engineering, business, and community action - but it’s also about the human skills of communication, collaboration, and creativity.
Our program is active and hands-on. It connects students to real world problems, professionals, and tools. You’ll learn a lot, gain new skills, see what creative professionals do in the real world - and it will almost never feel like “school.”
(And if you’re a teacher interested in learning how to create this kind of learning environment, check out our summer teacher program.)
Real World Experience
You won’t just talk about leadership. You will work in teams of five to study a real-world problem - and you’ll develop a solution as a team.
Along the way, you’ll be challenged to work as a team, under pressure, and create something new. You’ll learn a new set of tools for 21st century leadership by using them on your project.
You’ll learn how to do user research to understand what people need and want. You’ll learn to brainstorm as a group and how to build a prototype. At the end of the week, you will have built a prototype ready to be presented to a jury of professionals - and you’ll have a real example of your leadership to show colleges and employers.
Professional Tools. Professional Coaches.
Each team is led by a professional educator, with coaching from designers, engineers, architects, and social entrepreneurs.
Throughout the workshop, guest innovators will present their projects, meet you, and give feedback. Many of our past participants have used this to learn about future careers, get career advice, and set up internships or senior projects.
You’ll be working in a professional design space, with daily contact with real-world tools for innovation.
Habits, Skills + Mindsets
While developing new solutions, our teachers and coaches will help you learn:
Summer classes are 9am-4pm
As participants will be developing a solution as a team over the course of a week, they should plan on attending all day, every day.
Student tuition is $449 for the 5-day program, a cost which includes lunch, snacks, T-shirt, and all materials. Need-based financial aid is available; please email Carla Silver if you’d like to request aid.
Leadership + Design students are:
Click below to register for one of our two programs.