The purpose of this online guided, experiential course is captured in this single question: Who are my neighbors and what do I owe them? This central question will, of course, lead to many others. Do we “owe” anything to anybody? Most people answer yes – but how far does that sense of obligation reach? How does it apply to leadership? What are the qualities of an ethical leader?
In addition to reading, writing, and collaborating with peers, students will engage in self-directed, field research in their communities on the principles, rewards, and challenges of ethical leadership. They will learn from local leaders and leaders from SStS’s global community. Students will also explore and act on the root causes of a self-chosen, global challenge that manifests in their own communities.
Learning and appreciating varied perspectives is fundamental to leading ethically; thus this course is limited to two students from any one school and is open to 11th and 12 graders. We will meet once weekly by zoom (a regularly scheduled time will be determined by the group). A weekly writing assignment will be submitted online (and to the group) and students will have weekly opportunities to meet in small cohorts to discuss their “global-local challenge” project.
Eligibility: Current Juniors & Seniors (Fall 2020)
Cost: $750 (non GSC members)/ $500 (GSC members)*
*Financial assistance is available upon request. Please see the FAQ’s for more information.
Dates: September 7- December 18
Application deadline: August 28
Learn from inspiring leaders
You will have the chance to learn from a few of Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder’s inspirational NGO partners about their journies in ethical leadership. After hearing their stories you will be able to ask them questions and learn from their experience.
Engage in field research
You will engage in self-directed, field research in your community on the principles, rewards, and challenges of ethical leadership. You will also explore and act on the root causes of a self-chosen, global challenge that manifests in your own community.
Connect with other young leaders
You will have the chance to meet other students who are also interested in ethical leadership and becoming changemakers. This is your chance to build a network of like-minded peers and learn from a diverse range of perspectives.
- Gain project management skills directing your own field research.
- Develop the skills need to address pressing global issues.
- Learn from inspiring leaders locally and globally.
- Make an impact in your own community.
- Collaborate with like-minded peers and expert mentors.
There will be one required meeting per week (approx. 60 minutes). Students should also plan to spend 4-6 hours per week working independently.
Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder will provide you with a certificate of completion and a letter of recommendation to document this experience. In addition, Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder will work with you to receive credit for this as a course at your school (your school has the right to make the final decision).
We know these are difficult times and want to offer this internship to anyone that is invested in doing it so please do not hesitate to request a scholarship if it is needed.
The course is opening to students currently in grades 11-12 (in Fall 2020).