High school leadership program focuses on developing tomorrow’s servant leaders

Lourdes Academy’s Tomorrow’s Leaders program is a four-year high school leadership program committed to building thoughtful, faith-filled servant leaders. 

This summer Principal Mikesell and a group of former program leaders spent time reviewing Tomorrow’s Leaders’ overall goals and updating its curriculum.

The outcome – an exciting leadership program focused on building 21st Century skills that will prepare students’ mind, body, and spirit for the ever changing world. 


Program Overview

Freshman Year: Starts With Me – An in-depth study of the skills and mindset necessary to become an effective leader.

Service Project Focus: School

Skills Covered:

  • Self-awareness
  • Trust
  • Teamwork
  • Authenticity
  • Mindfulness
  • Drive
  • Patience
  • Communication

Resources: “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek; and “Lincoln on Leadership” by Donald T. Phillips

Sophomore Year: Holy Moments – Research and reflection on influential leaders of the past that are role models to students. In an ever changing 21st century world, an in-depth study on change and adaptability.

Service Project Focus: Community

Skills Covered: 

  • Adaptability
  • Change and Cultural Awareness
  • Coaching and Development

Resources: “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson; and “Work Rules!” by Laszlo Bock

Junior Year: Making Disciples  – Learning how to become an effective role model, delegator, and motivator to accomplish goals while keeping values at the core of the personal brand.

Service Project Focus: Church 

Skills Covered: 

  • Business Savvy
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Delegation
  • Motivation and Inspiration
  • Accountability

Resources: “Habitudes: The Art of Leading Others” by Dr. Tim Elmore

Senior Year: Go Make A Difference – Preparing seniors for the real world, this in-depth study of trust and strategic thinking prepares students to go out into the world and make a difference, combining all the previous skills together. A student-driven service project is a huge emphasis in the course.

Service Project Focus: Chosen by students

Skills Covered: 

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Trust

Resources: “The Speed of Trust” by Stephen Covey


Participation

To participate in Tomorrow’s Leaders, students complete an application and participate in an in-person interview during the spring of their 8th grade year. Students are asked to highlight their commitment to academics, demonstrate their leadership potential, and share how they’re committed to living out their faith. After the interviews, ten students are awarded scholarships, which follow them through high school, providing $500 toward tuition each year. 

Everyone who goes through the interview process is invited to join Tomorrow’s Leaders. Participants are expected to attend all meetings, maintain a 3.25 or higher GPA, participate in their church, and help with a yearly service project. 

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