As part of Goal V, Sacred Heart educates its students to develop into leaders. There are many opportunities for SHA students to take on leadership roles on campus, but there are also a number of programs available beyond Bryn Mawr to those who want to hone their leadership skills.
The Greater Good Initiative is a youth-led policy think tank with a mission of promoting youth engagement and mobilization in the policy-making process. CGI runs a virtual program that connects young people from around the country. They are looking for passionate, hard-working curious individuals to work three areas: Policy, Advocacy and Strategy. Students from other Network of Sacred Heart Schools have participated in previous years. More information is available on their website along with an application.
Close Up's Institute for Deliberative Democracy holds their Summer Programs in Washington, DC and provides participants with the tools, knowledge and experience to become powerful advocates and leaders. Their program enables passionate high school students to understand pressing national issues, discuss potential solutions and to create an agenda for action. Applications are due by April 1.
The Temple of Understanding Youth Leadership Internship summer program provides students with an intensive, hands-on learning experience of the work of the United Nations. Participants get the opportunity to attend open meetings of the UN Security Council, the General Assembly and various committees. They also broaden their horizons with volunteer work, visits to various interfaith sites and other unique learning opportunities. A scholarship is available for a student within the Sacred Heart Network provided by the USC province. SHA applicants must mention that they attend a Sacred Heart school in order to be considered for the scholarship. Applicants must be 17 years old by June 20, 2022.
The National World War II Museum in New Orleans is offering a Summer Leadership Academy from in June. SHA students can join other high school and college leaders from around the country for this extraordinary summer learning opportunity to study WWII history and leadership at one of the world’s top-rated museums. During the seven-day program, participants also venture out to historic sites in the community and meet some of the men and women who experienced WWII firsthand. Scholarships applications are now open and the deadline to apply is March 31, 2022.
Cradles to Crayons provides an inspiring program for teens who are passionate about making a different via its Teen Leadership Corps. This service and leadership opportunity is now taking applications for the 2022-2023 academic year and is open to students who will be in 9th-12th grade. This selective year-long program offers high school students a unique opportunity to blend personal growth with service to others. Accepted teens serve as ambassadors for Cradles to Crayons, while developing leadership skills in the areas of community organizing and volunteer service.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) created the FEMA Youth Leadership Council to support its commitment to involve America’s youth in preparedness-related activities. It brings together youth leaders interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities by completing disaster preparedness projects. Working on the council gives students an opportunity to present their perspectives, feedback and opinions while meeting regularly meet with FEMA staff. The program is open for students in grade 8 through 11.