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Our four-year curriculum equips teens for post-secondary success building progressively toward program completion. Young leaders begin in 9th grade with a foundation of Social Emotional Learning and self-discovery then progress through career exploration, college planning and individual execution working toward their post-secondary goals.

CHV Leadership Academy Handbook

9th GradeRISE Program

Supporting the transition to high school, the RISE program focuses on self-discovery and seeks to equip 9th grade participants with skills to navigate social and emotional stressors.

  • Introduction to a variety of useful skills including communication and goal setting to prepare participants for experiences in grades 10-12 and beyond.
  • Weekly community nights on Monday & Tuesdays during the school year.
  • Monthly Saturday workshops focused on foundational leadership skills through Social Emotional Learning.
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10th-12th GradeLeader in Training Program

LITs at camp

The three-year Leader in Training program is an opportunity for young people to grow, explore, and build toward their futures. Our curriculum engages young leaders in three primary focus areas: College Preparation, Trades & Certificate Program Preparation, and Business Leadership.

  • Weekly community nights including mentoring and grade-based enrichment opportunities during the school year.
  • Monthly Saturday workshops focused on career exploration, college readiness, and leadership skills. 
  • Immersive summer experience building leadership skills and serving as near-peer mentors to campers.

Grade-level Focus

  • 10th Grade – Career Exploration (Wednesday) As a first year LIT, participants are exposed to a wide variety of career pathways including entrepreneurship, the arts, criminal justice, healthcare, media, and STEM with the opportunity to hear from professionals in each field.
  • 11th Grade – Post-secondary Planning (Thursday) Teens explore post-secondary opportunities from associate and bachelor-level college degrees to work in the civil service and trades as they develop a personalized plan in their second year.
  • 12th Grade – College and Career Readiness (Thursday) In preparation for graduation, LITs focus on executing their post-secondary plan in their third year of the program. This includes college essay writing, scholarship applications support, resume workshops, interview prep, and more.
Leader-in-training high school student at the Leadership Academy smiling, laptop, First Bite workshop