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
(Grades 9-12, 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. The day consists of a major, a minor, daily assemblies by student and professional artists, an Institute period and a job assignment. All members will receive leadership training twice a week, have a job assignment and may choose between a mentoring or recreation track for their Institute period. 

Mentoring track: 1 day of leadership training, 1 day of guest speaker, 2 days of mentoring in one’s Major, and a choice of Friday free swim or Games, Hoops and Nets.

Recreation track: 1 day of leadership training, 1 day of guest speaker, 3 days of the Recreational Activity of your choice.

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.

Applicants will be selected based on their leadership potential, following application and interview.

All students accepted into the program will receive leadership stipends for their work.

Summer Leadership Program: Roles and Requirements

LEADERS must have completed 10th grade and be 16 years old by the start of camp.  They can serve as Counselors, with supervisory responsibilities such as monitoring younger students during Festival Performances or escorting a group of 2nd and 3rd grade students during passing periods, or Supervisors.  Leaders can also serve as Bus Counselors who supervise students on bus rides to and from campus.  (Bus Counselors also receive an additional stipend.)

 LEADERS IN TRAINING  must have completed 9th grade and be 14 years old by the start of camp. LIT's engage in program assistance and training.

If you have any questions about the Leadership Institute, please contact us at 631.643.7900 or institute@usdan.org.

Applications received by February 15 will be interviewed at the beginning of March.