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Emerging Leaders Summer Academy

A College Living Experience & Leadership Training Program

June 13 – July 15, 2016
Northern Arizona University – Flagstaff, AZ

  • For young adults with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, NVLD, Asperger’s syndrome and similar social or learning differences from ages 16 – 26.
  • Successful emerging leaders will have the ability to obtain certification in group facilitation from the National Center for Student Leadership.
  • The program will immerse participants in a wide range of social activities in community-based and outdoor settings in Flagstaff, AZ


Experience College Living & Prepare For Higher Education!

The Emerging Leaders Summer Academy is a collaborative private/public partnership between the Life Development Institute (LDI), an independent postsecondary program for higher education capable young adults with learning challenges, a campus in one of nation’s the largest public community college systems and Northern Arizona University, a traditional public university located in Flagstaff, Arizona.

All students live on campus at Northern Arizona University (NAU), embedded in a new residence hall adjacent to the Franke Business College, where classes were held. NAU staff was outstanding in providing personalized attention in the residence hall, staffing for on-campus activities and additional campus security.

The Summer Academy prepares participants for the next stages of higher-education as well as transitioning into adult life, using a specialized approach to learning, specific strategies harnessing the potential of each person are learning styles embedding diversity/cultural/leadership skills usually offered only in the corporate/ business community.


A Truly Transformative Process for Virtually Any Student with Learning Disabilities!

The 5 week summer program allows for discovery and articulation of personal, group, and societal values through community engagement. It opens the front door to a new world of possibilities and potential for contribution as a citizen that can’t be accomplished in a static, traditional or online classroom setting.

This key difference of recognizing, celebrating, and developing personal competence is central to LDI Emerging Leaders student success. The Emerging Leaders Summer Academy uses a strength-based common sense process that emphasizes what is required/expected of an average person to function in any given adult environment. This approach identifies a challenging set of goals that focus on situational learning and personal achievement necessary for all adults, not just those considered to have disabilities.

The Emerging Leaders Summer Academy successfully challenges the societal limitations placed on people who learn or behave differently and helps to prepare them to make meaningful and impactful contributions to society!


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 13-July 15, 2016. 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.


Contact LDI today by calling 623-773-1545 or emailing