At the heart of the Leadership Scholars program, is the connection between the 11th & 12th grade leaders and the 7th & 8th grade scholars. For the 2013-2014 school year, we will be working with students from, Summit Country Day, Roger Bacon, Riverview East Academy (a CPS school), Saint Bonaface, Saint Francis de Sales, and Corryville Catholic School.
Our highly-trained staff of teachers first teaches lessons to the 11th and 12th grader leaders. Those leaders are then grouped with 7th or 8th grade “scholars” to teach them the same lessons. Research has shown that scholars listen to the advice of their mentors because they are one life- stage above the students. The lesson topics include college knowledge, proper mindset, and leadership. The mentors focus on teaching scholars about the college process, giving them advice on how to improve their academic performance, and helping them shift their mindset.
We’ve seen such a positive response from both Leaders and from Scholars about all aspects of the curriculum.
Here’s how a few of our students responded when asked about how they benefited from the program. When asked about some of the mindset lessons, one of our 11th grade leaders said,
· I kept getting bad grades and thought I wouldn’t get better. Because of neuroplasticity, I started practicing on weekends with friends and my grades started to improve. Scholar, Semitressa Hill, Corryville Catholic
· I liked neuroplasticity because it taught me to never give up even when things get hard. Leader, Denzel Reese, Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy
· Neuroplasticity changed the way I thought about myself. Instead of giving up, I’ll try harder to understand something. Scholar, Devonne Pitts, Corryville Catholic
· I’m really excited to teach [the scholars] about human connections. …showing them that it’s okay to be different than what society portrays you to be., I think it’s gonna have a big impact on how they grow up. They can learn the things that we’re trying to teach them…that it’s okay to express yourself. I think that teaching that to the younger kids will help them a lot as they get older. Leader, Isaiah _______, Purcell Marian High School
Each week, the leaders and scholars enthusiastically look forward to their meetings where they each get to learn, share, and build important connections.