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Leadership Scholars – Mentor Program

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.

Leadership Scholars Parent Academy

National educators have long confirmed the importance of involving parents and family members in their children’s education. Studies also corroborate that most parents, regardless of socio-economic background, want their children to do well in school. However, students from economically challenged backgrounds often lack adult family members who understand how to connect with their children to promote academic success. Leadership […]

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Scholarship Program

One of the primary goals of Leadership Scholars is to help students seek out and qualify for available scholarship opportunities which could be offered to our graduates upon completion of the program. Miami University has generously agreed to work with us on this goal. Research shows that when students and families think they can afford […]

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Teacher Academy

Leadership Scholars believes that each child needs a teacher in middle school who understands the components of college readiness and the mental attitudes necessary for success.

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Mentoring Program

Leadership Scholars provides each student with one of our leader mentors who believes in them, teaches them about the college process, and helps them shift their mindset. Research has shown that scholars listen to the advice of their mentors because they are one life-stage above the students. Our 11th and 12th grade “leaders” mentor 7th […]

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Parent Academy

Leadership Scholars ensures that children, through the Parent Academy, will have a parent (or one caring adult) who understands the college process and knows how to support their student on their path to higher education. According to Dr. Suzie White, Leadership Scholars “empowers parents with information and strategies to support their students’ academic, social, and […]

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Overview

Leadership Scholars is a research-based organization that serves families with a dream for and commitment to their children going to college. The program works to empower parents with strategies to support their children. It cultivates in the students a mindset of hard work, persistence, and optimism. It establishes a knowledge of college to best position […]

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Monitoring

The leaders and scholars have been organized in teams of about three leaders and two scholars each, which meet one hour each week at one of the nine grade schools.

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