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We are taught algebra, Homer’s The Odyssey, battles of the Civil War; we are not taught leadership skills, how to create a project from scratch, finding who you truly are, and creating the life you want. It’s time to change this.

You don’t have to simply be a follower of an out-of-date schooling system; you can be a leader, an entrepreneur, a self-starter, and a change-maker. We have the resources, skills, and trainers to help transform you from ordinary student into a servant leader.

At the Carlsbad Student Leader Academy, you will be enriched in a unique, life-changing opportunity to re-define who you truly are and the impact you want to leave on the world. We have helped 125 students become leaders in their community. Will you be the next one?

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. 

Here is what you can expect at this exclusive Leader Academy:

 Become empowered to take action in your community
 Connect with local city professionals, mentors, and motivated peers
 Engage in fun group activities to develop leadership skills
 Discover who you are and what your mission is through deep reflection
 Brainstorm and develop projects of your choice with the necessary resources and assistance

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.
My perspective has been drastically altered… I am walking out of this a deeper and more thoughtful person
I feel like I made a new family… and feel like the skills I had already have been magnified
I feel more confident in my abilities to lead and have a voice
I realized that I really do want to make a difference in the world


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. Students apply the lessons they learned from the first two phases to come up with a solution to a problem in Carlsbad they are passionate about. City leaders, such as the mayor, speak to students about their own story and give suggestions on how to create success with their projects.


WHO CAN APPLY -- Any Carlsbad resident AND/OR anyone who goes to school in Carlsbad (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

Springs Session, 2019
Mondays April 15 - June 17
Applications due: April 10th
Participant notification: April 11th

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

HOW TO APPLY -- students interested click here to apply