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.
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 All Mentor, Student Mentor, or Recreation track. For some, the day may also include a job position.
High school students in any major are welcome to apply. Applicants are selected based on their leadership potential, and may receive stipends varying in size based on their age and job assignment. Institute students pay regular tuition, but may also apply for tuition assistance or merit scholarships which can be applied towards tuition. 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. Job positions will only be available for those over 15 years of age at the start of the camp season.
All Mentor track: This track consists of mentoring younger students for all four periods of the day. These mentors will not have a major, minor or recreation.Two days a week will consist of 1 period of leadership training. Every day will include our daily Festival Performances by student and professional artists.
Student 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.
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.
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 given job positions will receive stipends for their work.
Summer Leadership Program Job Positions:
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 15 years old by the start of camp. LIT's engage in program assistance and training. There is no stipend for Leaders in Training.