Emerging Leaders Summer Academy

Spend part of your summer at LDI’s 5-week Emerging Leaders Summer Academy in Flagstaff, Arizona!

The Emerging Leaders Summer Academy provides an ideal transitional bridge to higher education and career development for high school students entering their senior year or recently graduated young adults with Learning Disabilities (LD), ADHD, Non-Verbal Learning Disability (NVLD), Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism and similar social or learning difficulties who are seriously considering college.

Emerging Leaders Summer Academy participants will live in the suites, NAU’s newest residence hall, located next to W.A. Franke College of Business, where classes will be held.

Emerging leader participants will learn, experience and apply new skills leading to:

  • Developing leadership, diversity and cultural competencies
  • Educational preparation for success in post-secondary environments
  • Effective transitional adjustment to living on a college campus
  • Improved ability to plan, participate and initiate adult-oriented social/recreational activities

The academy will be based at the beautiful campus of Northern Arizona University (NAU) from June 25, 2018 to July 27, 2018. NAU location offers stunning views of the San Francisco Peaks, is surrounded by the largest ponderosa pine forest in the United States and has summer weather in the 70’s and crisp mountain air. The campus is conveniently located within walking distance to downtown Flagstaff.

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Post-Secondary Preparation

Summer academy participants are non-traditional learners, who have a broad range of relative academic and personal strengths as well as unique learning styles. The summer academy will help prepare them for the next stages of their higher -education and life experiences. A specialized approach to learning through specific strategies designed to harness the potential of each persons learning styles, and how to ask for accommodations in post-secondary settings. LDI summer emerging leaders also have a unique opportunity to learn and practice leadership, diversity and cultural skills usually offered only in the corporate/business community. These skill sets help prepare them for working better in team-based settings, group facilitation skills, responsibilities of being a manager and what it means to “walk the talk” of personal leadership. To facilitate their successful transition towards college and career, our emerging leaders will be immersed in a variety of leadership development and college success strategies including:

  • Creating a mission-based team, establish and follow a set of ethical standard operating procedures and become a facilitator for meetings and presentations
  • Better self-awareness and advocacy of their own attitudes, values and beliefs
  • Demonstrate respect, sensitivity and acceptance toward others with differing attitudes, values and beliefs
  • College study strategies, personal organization, and time management skills
  • Orientation, selection and use of assistive technology

Successful emerging leaders will obtain certification in group facilitation from the National Center for Student Leadership.

College Living

Emerging Leaders will live on the NAU campus, and housing for the Academy is offered in shared suites, with:

  • 2 persons sharing a Suite and bathroom
  • on-site retail including Starbucks and Market
  • 24 hour fitness center with cardio and strength machines
  • Game room with billiards, foosball, air hockey, poker table, Xbox 360 and PS3
  • Theater room and study lounge
  • Computer center, iPad bar, and wi-fi hotspots
  • On-site LDI staff and NAU interns
  • All meals, activities and spending money included
  • Please visit: www.thesuitesnau.com for more detailed information

Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, Arizona

Connection to the Community

Many young adults with hidden disabilities can be reluctant to see themselves as valued members of the community. They may have issues attending to or completing their obligations in school, home and work due to learning or social frustrations, distractions, or difficulties with prioritization. Others find it difficult to speak up for themselves, trouble understanding what others are saying or their intentions in both croup and one-on-one situations. All of them desire to have more skills to be better prepared in knowing how to ask for what they want, take ‘normal’ risks due to past failures, and manage their social or emotional expectations. As important as these skills are, we also want the relaxed, fun atmosphere that comes from making new friends, the enjoyment of participating in social events for the first time as adults, and developing social confidence and competence with other peers. The Emerging Leaders Summer Academy will immerse participants in a wide range of social activities in community-based settings such as restaurants, entertainment, art galleries, museums, and shopping. In addition, the Academy will explore numerous magnificent area attractions minutes away such as Lowell’s Observatory, Sunset crater, Museum of Northern Arizona, Walnut Canyon and the Arizona Snowbowl just to name a few. Within 30 minutes of NAU lies the world-renowned Red Rock area of Sedona, Sliderock State Park, and Oak Creek Canyon and only 90 minutes from the south rim of the Grand Canyon. The NAU campus will be used for the enjoyment of indoors and outdoors activities such as the Challenge Ropes course, Frisbee golf course, rock climbing wall and full workout facility in the Suites Residence Hall.

Tuition & Fees

The Emerging Leaders Summer Academy program tuition is $7,500. Tuition covers all classes, course materials, housing, meals, activities and a small spending stipend. Transportation from Sky Harbor International airport to Glendale and then on to Flagstaff with a scheduled return at Academy completion is included. International or out-of-state Emerging Leaders that desire late arrival/departure are responsible for the costs of their transportation. To hold a space, a completed application (click for application) and a $750 deposit, which will be applied to Academy tuition, are due at the time the application is submitted. Once we receive and review your completed application, LDI staff will schedule either a telephone or Skype call to interview the prospective candidate, and an enrollment decision will be made. The $750 deposit will be returned if the Emerging Leader candidate is not accepted or withdraws by May 1, 2016. Some scholarship monies are available for Arizona residents who have not graduated from high school. Please call for more details and eligibility requirements. Note: We will update this page of the LDI website in the coming months as more Academy details are worked through with NAU and our other community collaborators.

Call us to enroll your student in this amazing experience today!