Practical Leadership Seminar

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Program for Entering High School Sophomores

June 25 – July 1, 2017

The session takes place in Pittsburgh, PA.

Fee: $635

Application & Payment Information

[bullets type=”custom” effect=”fadeInUp” color=”#000000″ txt_color=”#333333″][bullet icon=”fa-circle”]Click here for the online application form.[/bullet][bullet icon=”fa-circle”]Applications received by April 30, 2017 will be given priority.[/bullet][bullet icon=”fa-circle”]Send a $25 non-refundable deposit at the time of application.[/bullet][bullet icon=”fa-circle”]Notification of acceptances will be mailed out beginning May 8, 2017.[/bullet][bullet icon=”fa-circle”]For those accepted, balance of payment should be paid by June 5, 2017. Deposit will apply toward cost.[/bullet][bullet icon=”fa-circle”]Payments should be made online by clicking on the “Payment” tab above.[/bullet][/bullets][/wide]

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pls-2015-4-studyWhy Practical Leadership Seminar?

In every day and age – no less in our own time – there are challenges which both society and individuals face. It is not enough simply to navigate one’s own way through these challenges. There is a need for men in every sector of civic life who dedicate their talent, time, and energy in service to those around them. Leaders are not born, but made – through dint of effort. The goal of the Practical Leadership Seminar is to spur young men on in their development of key leadership virtues and skills, specifically:

[bullets type=”custom” effect=”fadeInUp” color=”#000000″ txt_color=”#333333″][bullet icon=”fa-circle”]Fortitude[/bullet][bullet icon=”fa-circle”]Good judgment[/bullet][bullet icon=”fa-circle”]Spirit of service[/bullet][bullet icon=”fa-circle”]Professional excellence[/bullet][bullet icon=”fa-circle”]Effective communication[/bullet][/bullets]

pls-2015-1-studentsComponents of the Program

To start the week, three professional men will each present an issue requiring leadership today in America. During the rest of the week, students will prepare a presentation which offers a practical solution to one of the problems mentioned by a speaker. Written materials with background information on each issue will be provided to the students.

On the final evening, each student will give a brief, formal presentation of his solution to a panel of professional men. The panel will evaluate each speech based on its analysis of the issue, its proposed solution, the logic of its argument, and its rhetorical effectiveness.

Students will receive instruction on the basic principles of public speaking as part of the week-long seminar.

The program will include talks and discussions on leadership virtues, and students will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with a staff member about ways to exercise leadership in their everyday environment in the upcoming year.

The overall goals of the program are to give students a greater awareness of the challenges facing their local and national community and to inspire students to exercise leadership in their daily life.

The daily schedule will include free time for sports and competitive games. Daily Mass and times of prayer will be offered for those interested.


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For More Information

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