Leadership Workshop Options

Below are the Leadership Workshop options for MSTL students (grades 9-10). Students will participate in 1 of the workshop options listed below during the MSTL program. During the application process, we ask students to rank all workshops in the order of what they are most interested in taking to what they are least interested in taking. We do our best to place students into their top choice, although limited space and high demand for certain workshops may affect our ability to do that. You will be notified about your workshop placement after the final application deadline of May 2nd, but before the program begins. 

Civic Leadership and Service-Learning

With rising interest in career paths in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), institutions are seeking talented individuals who possess strong analytical, communicative, entrepreneurial, and critical thinking skills to contribute meaningfully to the institution. In today’s global economy, there is a growing need for well-informed leaders to recognize and solve complex problems; establish and maintain flourishing relationships; produce innovative and effective products and services; identify conflicts and bring them to a resolution; and cultivate diversity, inclusion, and equity. For these reasons, the activities presented in this class will assist students with developing an understanding and familiarity with various personal and leadership development strategies intended to strengthen skills in civic engagement, deep reflection, active listening, co-creative and transformative learning, capacity building, forming partnerships and networks, and program/project planning and outreach. More specifically, the program focuses on providing students with an understanding of ethical leadership, effective communication, relationship
building, grassroots organizing, advocacy, and conflict resolution strategies. Class objectives include:

  • Examine the concepts of civic leadership and service learning
  • Design a civic engagement initiative to address a pressing need in the local community
  • Evaluate current trends in civic engagement research and practice

Entrepreneurial Leadership

What does it take to be an entrepreneur? This introductory business course covers the basics of planning and launching your own successful business! The curriculum is guided by the entrepreneurial experiences of successful business owners. Whether students want to start their own moneymaking business or create a non-profit to help others, this course helps students develop the core skills they need to be successful. Students will learn strategies for brainstorming new business ideas, attracting investors, marketing their business, and managing expenses. Students will discuss inspirational stories of teen and adult entrepreneurs who have turned their ideas into reality, and gain insight from these case studies before beginning their own business plan.

Building a business requires knowledge in many different areas such as production, finance, marketing, and customer service. In addition, leaders of entrepreneurial endeavors have to be aware of issues such as ethical behavior, social responsibility, and legal issues. Through covering these areas and exploring the personal skills and other factors that contribute to small business success and failure, students will be well on their way to developing their own entrepreneurial ideas into a business!

Global Citizenship

Through dialog, debate, presentations, and speeches, students will engage in issues relevant to the world around them. Students will develop and practice leadership skills, make a commitment to diversity, and participate in a group project that highlights some of the top challenges we all face and come up with possible solutions. 

Topics will include: Income inequality, making a difference in your community and around the world, how to prepare for technological changes even when we don’t even know what they’ll be, what happens when we separate ourselves from the world, and the effects of climate change.

This workshop will instruct participants on how the issues facing society become more and more interlinked, and how it will be more important than ever for all of us to collaborate to create a future in which we can all live.

Leadership and Economic Impact

Globalization and disruptive technologies are changing the nature of work. Industry and sector trends tell us work and jobs will be drastically different in the next 10-20 years. What skills will be required for the jobs of the future? If futurists are right and human jobs are disappearing, what will humans do with all of their time? How will they survive? What will happen to less skilled workers? What socioeconomic issues may result?

At the same time that technology is taking over from our grocery stores to our highways, the US is becoming increasingly a more and more diverse country. Considering our current leadership (Federal and State) and its impact on the US economy and workforce, students will develop a concept paper that will describe the issues as they pertain to the economy and workforce. Students will invent new and innovative tools, policies, and practices that could address socioeconomic and workforce issues for humans in the future.

Rhetoric and Sociocultural Movements

Rhetoric. What does that really mean? Why does the media often use the word rhetoric with distain? What is rhetoric, beyond the appeals of ethos, pathos, and logos most often discussed in high schools and college level philosophy classes?

In this leadership workshop, students will investigate the answers to these questions with a shared purpose: to learn how to analyze the world around them more rhetorically. In this process, students will engage in activities to examine and to discuss the world and its complexities around them through various rhetorical lenses. Projects will include examining current events and the ways in which the social and cultural contexts create exigencies for informal discussions and formal arguments.