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333 Madison Avenue
Covington, KY, 41011
United States


Leadership Scholars, a Cincinnati nonprofit, enlists and empowers parents to become a catalyst for their children to attend and graduate college. Founded on the belief that EVERY CHILD DESERVES A QUALITY EDUCATION to realize their full potential, the end-goal of Leadership Scholars is to increase the number of more highly educated individuals in our city, regardless of socioeconomic background, and to significantly reduce poverty. 



College Readiness Curriculum

We have the data to support that the more a parent is involved in their child’s education, the higher the academic performance the child will achieve. If parents partner with their children through grades 9-12 utilizing the Parent Academy approach, their students will be in the best position, academically and personally, to earn college admission and potentially, even earn scholarship opportunities.  

For optimal college readiness we focus on the following: 

  1. Importance of Grades
    • Learning styles, and how to study
    • The idea of grades as a measure of effort, not intelligence
    • How and why to ask for help
    • How grades are used in the college admissions process
  2. High School Curriculum
    • Understand how vital it is for their children to challenge themselves
    • Understand how teachers make decisions about whether or not you are moved into harder/AP classes (effort, grades, and stated goals)
    • Understand CORE requirements in Ohio (academic requirements)
  3. SAT/ACT Scores
    • How to prepare for standardized tests
    • Practice tests 
    • Navigating test results
  4. College Admissions & Financial Aid
    • Admissions process 
    • Securing financial aid/scholarship money
    • Provide professional speakers on these topics
  5. Parent/Teacher Meetings
  6. Mentoring 
  7. Elementary Teacher Training
    • Detail ways teachers can introduce a college-going culture to their schools

Social & Emotional Mindset Curriculum 

Part of the secret to success of this program is the “Success Mindset” we teach parents how to use and to instill in their children. Given the excessive sensory and mental stimulation facing children today, it is imperative students be able to “quiet their brains", obtain focus and understand the importance of how to build relationships with others. 

Using neuroscience-based practices we help parents help their children do just that. Through their parent's example and coaching, students will develop self-awareness; thoughts, attitudes, and emotions to approach life with a belief in their talents, intelligence, and ability to achieve. Understanding how the brain works and its immense potential for growth and change are the foundation for these important life skills.

Components of Leadership Scholar’s “Success Mindset”

1. Mindfulness

Understanding the brain and how habits/experiences impact brain development, focus, and learning.

  • Emotion regulation: understanding how to calm down and "quiet" your brain
  • Decision-making

Learn more: Neuroscientists Dan Siegel and Richard Davidson, MindUP Curriculum

2. Grit: Cultivating a belief that with continued hard-work and effort, anyone can be successful; perseverance is proven to show results

  • Neuroplasticity: The brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections again and again throughout life.
  • Academic success: learn the concrete strategies of how to be successful in school and prepare for college.

Learn more: Grit/Growth Mindset: Angela Duckworth, Carol Dweck

Failure/obstacles (mental contrasting): Gabriele Oettingen

3. Positive Outlook: Parents, students, and teachers develop resilience through a positive mindset; practicing gratitude and optimism

Learn more: Martin Seligman, Jeffery Froh, Robert Emmons

4. Social Intelligence: Cultivating successful human connections with others through empathy, kindness, successful communication, and valuing each person

Learn more: Daniel Goleman, Brene Brown, Daniel Siegel


Mentoring Program

Leadership Scholars offers a mentoring program, in partnership with high schools and elementary schools.  The high school students mentor elementary students on college knowledge and a success mindset.

Educational Consulting

Leadership Scholars offers professional development training as well as consulting services around strengthening a college-going culture and implementing social and emotional learning strategies. 

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