Thursday, July 9, 2020

Southwestern Launches LEAD Program for Young People


For over 150 years, Southwestern has trained college students on the principles of leadership and community impact. These principles are now being shared with younger students through a nationwide community called LE∆D.

LE∆D is a 6-month experience designed to help young people gain the skills and character they need to achieve their goals in life. The program spotlights Life skills, Emotional intelligence, Academics, and making a Difference in the community — preparing students for success both before and after graduation.

Members enjoy full access to our academic service

Advantage4teens is like having unlimited access to a virtual tutor on every required school subject. Adv4life focuses on self-leadership and life skills for situations outside of the classroom. Also included is access to, a valuable report and research-writing resource featuring the most commonly assigned nonfiction report topics covered in expert detail.

LEAD Growth Book

The LEAD Growth Book is self-paced. It covers over a dozen leadership principles—and more importantly—suggested action steps with a social media challenge. By taking these simple action steps, you’ll experience immediate value while engaging with an uplifting social media community. 

DiSC Behavioral Assessment

This behavioral tendencies assessment helps young individuals realize their unique strengths and behaviors. In essence, it’s designed to help you become more self-aware by better-identifying your own behavioral tendencies in given roles or situations. Understanding ourselves helps us better understand each other. DiSC® is the leading personal assessment tool used by over one million people every year to improve work productivity, teamwork and communication.

Online Leadership Education 

Over two-dozen self-paced modules are available. Our suggestion is to complete one per week for 6 months. Our online leadership education includes exclusive access to web interviews with accomplished athletes, leaders, entrepreneurs, and top students from across the nation. eLessons on leadership and program highlights come twice a month to each member's inbox. Text engagement is even more frequent.


Members will receive regular communication from Southwestern and/or your Student Rep for program benefit and engagement. 

Community Impact

In the ‘Difference’ part of our program, LE∆D members have the ability to nominate a deserving family in the community for free access to our learning platform Southwestern Global Academy. We provide the framework; LE∆D members provide the action.

Leadership Certification & Letter of Recommendation

By demonstrating action and understanding around the principles spotlighted in LE∆D, members will receive a leadership certification and letter of recommendation from Southwestern that can be used when applying for colleges, scholarships, and jobs – written by Dr. Ralph Brigham, the Vice President for the Employer Network with the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA).

Advancement Opportunities

Graduates of LEAD may be invited to advance into a second phase of the program or into Academic Edge – a one-on-one performance coaching program with a certified professional coach.

Click here to connect with the LEAD community on Instagram

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