A step in the right direction
The Pierce Leadership Academy is a new, two-week summer program for students of ages 13-17 that cultivates the perspective and skills necessary for young people to understand the workings of leadership. The Academy offers your children a diverse, yet focused learning experience that encourages young people to consider themselves as aware, responsible, and inspired individuals within a complex and constantly shifting social context.
The curriculum is taught in English and is a combination of academics, workshops, and outdoor activities. It is structured around three axes of learning: Philosophy, Emotional Intelligence, and Environmental Responsibility.
The Philosophy Module stimulates students’ intellectual curiosity, as well as their reasoning and decision-making capacities. Students explore the many styles and key aspects of leadership, participate in philosophy games, and undertake research challenges. They are also encouraged to organize a debate on a fictional case study, drawn from film or literature, to demonstrate the possibilities, but also the ethical difficulties of the decision-making process.
The Emotional Intelligence Workshop introduces students to the contemporary understanding of leadership as the combination of five basic aspects of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. Through role-playing, group-building, and drama exercises, the students explore these aspects of emotional intelligence while experimenting with the ways they relate (or do not relate) to the roles of our social and cultural communities.
Finally, students participate in two Environmental Responsibility Workshops led by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF): The Green Spaces Workshop (Urban Spaces of Green in Athens) and the Global Climate Change Workshop. The aim of the workshops is to develop the participants’ problem solving skills and their informed thinking in relation to the suggested environmental topics.