2014 Young Leaders Academy

June 18-21, 2014 - High school students to explore 'Democracy in America' in this four-day, summer leadership conference.

Kentucky students, grades 9-12, are eligible to apply for the Young Leaders Academy, a summer residential leadership conference at the University of Louisville. The McConnell Center offers this annual program to outstanding high school students to help hone their leadership skills and further their understanding of American history.

The application window is now closed.

The theme of this year's conference, "Democracy in America," will explore Alexis de Tocqueville's popular 1835 book of the same name and consider the future opportunities and threats to United States governance. Conference topics include:

  • Parties, Politicians and the Press
  • Tocqueville through the lens of Jacksonian Democracy
  • Freedom versus Equality
  • The Rise and Fall of Civic Associations
  • Religion and Democracy

Participants will stay at the University of Louisville under the guidance of McConnell Center staff and university honors students. Participants will take part in a series of seminars, discussions, lectures, team-building activities and structured socials during their four-day stay.

Sessions will be led by faculty, staff and students of the University of Louisville and other area institutions and will be conducted at or near an entry level college experience.

Each participant will receive a scholarship for the Young Leaders Academy that includes free lodging, meals and all conference materials.

“This will be a tremendous educational experience, but it is also a terrific opportunity for those who might be interested in being considered for McConnell Scholarships to the University of Louisville,” said Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center.

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