Leadership Development for High School Students
The Brown Leadership Challenge
Understand Social Challenges
Students develop knowledge and understanding of complex issues through interactive learning opportunities such as case studies, discussions, group projects, field trips, simulations, and debates. Student learning is stimulated by creative curricula, engaging faculty, and peers from around the world. Last year, we had students from 28 different countries and from around the U.S. Engagement with diverse perspectives is key to nuanced understanding of global problems and complex ideas.
Join an Engaged Learning Community
Students are housed in the same residence hall and have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with one another both within and outside of the classroom. Additionally, undergraduate Leadership Fellows serve as both Teaching Assistants (TAs) in the classroom and Resident Advisors (RAs) in the Residence Hall providing students with consistent and caring guidance throughout the program.
Develop Leadership Skills
Students will learn and apply the Social Change Model of Leadership Development in academic and co-curricular settings. Through engaging workshops, reflection activities, and an outdoor Challenge Course, students develop and practice leadership skills, such as public speaking, interpersonal communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, and teamwork.
Create an Action Plan and Take Your Learning Home
What happens after you leave Brown? How will you respond to the needs of your neighbors, your community, and the world?
Understanding complex problems is a lifelong pursuit that requires ongoing intellectual engagement and reflection. Our aim is to empower and motivate students to continue to educate themselves and others when they return to their home communities. We believe that the development of socially responsible leadership comes through thoughtful practice and engagement. We hope students will continue to ask:
What skills and knowledge do I need to contribute to positive change?
How can I identify and utilize available resources to make this happen?
All of us share a civic responsibility to both understand complex social issues and apply what we know in service to others. During your course, instructors and peers help you define a pressing issue that you are passionate about; you'll then develop an Action Plan for understanding and addressing the issue. We work with you to set realistic goals, identify mentors, and anticipate challenges. Through the experience of developing and pursuing the Action Plan, you will have the opportunity to cultivate the skills, behaviors, and knowledge of socially responsible leadership. Leadership Institute alumni return to their communities as part of a network of socially responsible leaders.
We encourage you to consider topics of interest before you arrive on campus, but you aren't expected to do any work on this prior to your arrival. Your instructors will help you design a plan that fits your interests and skills.
Below are examples of Leadership Institute Student Action Plans:
- Develop composting systems or recycling programs
- Work with administrators to strengthen curriculum on international issues
- Tutor middle school children to prepare them for high school
- Collaborate with school administrators to stop purchasing uniforms made in sweatshops
- Assist with voter registration drives and voter awareness campaigns
- Raise scholarship funds for students to attend community colleges
- Eliminate the provision and use of Styrofoam in county buildings
- Create an art therapy program for adolescents with HIV
National or International
- Develop social media for an anti-human trafficking organization
- Lobby for state legislation regarding school testing
- Raise funds to build schools in Pakistan
- Launch an awareness campaign about college access and financial aid
Review our Action Plan library which contains examples of the work our students have done in the past.