Leadership Institute
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Tailored for Usdan's high school students (current 9th - 12th graders),  Usdan Leadership Institute for the Arts is designed to cultivate thoughtful, independent young artists and the next generation of leaders in the arts.

Our summer
leadership program

Usdan Leadership Institute for the Arts
(9th - 12th grade, 7-week program)

Our summer leadership program for high school students is designed to cultivate thoughtful, independent young artists who will become the next generation of leaders in the arts. All members will receive leadership training twice a week and may choose between the the Mentor and Recreation track.  For some, the day may also include a job position, depending on age, interest and interview.

High school students in any major are welcome to apply. This highly selective program accepts applicants based on their leadership potential, age, enthusiasm, and interest in the arts.  Those chosen for job positions will receive a stipend for their work.  The Leadership committee will choose the track and job position (if applicable) of those selected to participate. Paid Job positions will only be available for those over 16 years of age at the start of the camp season. All students selected to be part of the program must enroll for the full 7-weeks. Tuition rates apply.

Mentor track: This track requires students to take a major and a minor, as well as attend our daily Festival performances. Instead of a recreational activity, Student Mentors will spend one period mentoring younger students 3 days a week, and two days a week in leadership training. For some, the day may also include a job position, depending on age, interest and interview.

Recreation track:This track requires students to take a major, minor and recreational activity, as well as attend our daily Festival performances.  Two days a week they will replace their recreational activity with leadership training. For some, the day may also include a job position, depending on age, interest and interview.

Institute students gain valuable work experience serving as mentors to younger students and assisting in camp operations. Assigned jobs are performed before and after classes, during performances and lunch, and may sometimes require students to miss a few minutes of class.

Leadership institute participants will be selected based on an application, recommendations and an interview.

Summer Leadership Program Job Positions (a more complete job description can be found here.)

COUNSELOR
Must have completed 10th grade and be 16 years old by the start of camp, with supervisory responsibilities such as monitoring younger students during Festival Performances and lunch, and escorting a group of 2nd and 3rd grade students during passing periods. Must be available for the entire 7 weeks. Will receive a stipend of $750 at the end of the summer.

SUPERVISOR 
Must have completed 10th grade and be 16 years old by the start of camp, with supervisory responsibilities such as monitoring students during Festival Performances and during passing periods.  Must be available for the entire 7 weeks. Receive a stipend of $600 at the end of the summer.

LEADERS IN TRAINING 
Must have completed 9th grade and be 15 years old by the start of camp, engage in program assistance and training for both positions listed above. There is no stipend for Leaders in Training.

BUS COUNSELOR 
All Leadership students may be considered. Must supervise and take attendance of students on bus rides to and from campus. Stipend will vary based on size of bus and distance traveled.