Is leadership a trait that is inherent, evident since birth? Or is it a process that’s cultivated and developed? Perhaps it’s a bit of both. Regardless, our future depends on developing emerging student leaders into the right kinds of people- with the character, mindset, and tools to influence our community towards more collective good.

The City of Carlsbad Housing and Neighborhood Services, in partnership with the Carlsbad Unified School District, the Servant Leadership Institute, and programming powered by the YouSchool are offering a new experiential, challenge-based leadership academy with proven methodology to catalyze High School aged students who are residents in Carlsbad to reach their fullest potential as emerging leaders. 

For students who are considering the path their future might take, are you clear about the great story your life could tell? You only get one life, so make it count.

The CSLA has helped me answer questions that I would have never thought about before. I have discovered more about myself and it has allowed me to learn about many new people.
— What students are saying...


PHASE ONE: In the first phase students will go through the YouSchool- a self-discovery based program that helps High School students understand their life through the lens of story, and take charge of getting the resources to reach their fullest potential to tell a compelling story with their lives. The culmination of Phase One will conclude with a personal storytelling night by each participant. 

PHRASE TWO: For second phase, students will gain practical leadership tools and a framework for owning their personal development into leaders and effective influence, through a learn-by-doing curriculum called LeadSchool.

PHASE THREE: The third phase will involve presenting a Challenge-Based Project solution to a real life problem in the Carlsbad community, applying lessons learned from the first two phases through a program called ServeSchool. The culmination of Phase Three and the entire program will conclude with project presentations by teams of students. 


WHO CAN APPLY -- any current Carlsbad resident of High School age (grades 9-12) at NO COST to you

WHAT TO EXPECT -- an experiential, challenge based leadership development program in a peer setting

WHEN -- Monday nights from 6:30-8:30 pm

Fall Session, 2018
Mondays September 17 - November 19
Applications due: Sunday, September 2
Participant notification: Friday, September 7

WHERE -- 2173 Salk Avenue, Suite 100 Carlsbad, CA 9008 

HOW TO APPLY -- students interested click here to apply