Course Description

The participants in Duke Leadership in Action Institute have a unique opportunity. They will establish a foundation for a lifetime of leadership by developing their abilities and directing their passions toward improving the world around them, one community at a time. Engaging curriculum and lessons on how to channel enthusiasm into results that campers can take back to their hometowns and schools will help develop the root system and strength of Leadership in Action for the years to follow. This program targets the needs of motivated, passionate, conscientious students who want to have a positive impact on the world around them.

Classes will be academically challenging and will focus on enhancing and expanding participants’ awareness and interest in the greater society.  At the same time, students will be given maximum opportunity and will be nurtured in the course of applying theories and concepts to their particular interests.  Participants will meet each day with their assigned primary instructor to explore solutions to local, national and global issues through case studies. They will be encouraged to consider the implications of their decisions—political, ethical, and social. During the afternoon caucus, participants and staff will meet together for further dialogue and discussions of the topics. To enhance their experience, guest speakers will be invited to address the participants. This two-week workshop will give participants the tools, the encouragement, and the freedom to explore their interests in the community and larger world around them with confidence and a sense of belonging. Our learning environment will be supportive, inspiring, and interactive.

Program Highlights:

  • Examine what it means to be a citizen
  • Deepen your knowledge of the importance of public leadership and civic responsibility
  • Develop a more fervent, lifelong commitment to public service
  • Examine your own ethical and moral beliefs and develop an appreciation of views that are different from your own
  • Acquire skills to organize, direct and enact change in your school, community, nation and the world

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Section Title
Leadership in Action Institute
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Day Camper non-credit $1,800.00 Click here to get more information
Residential Camper - Female non-credit $3,300.00 Click here to get more information
Residential Camper - Male non-credit $3,300.00 Click here to get more information
Section Notes

Grades: 9-11 (2018 - 2019 Academic Year)

•June 30 - July 12, 2019 (Residential)
•July 1 - July 11, 2019 (Day)

Please see the camp's Coming & Going section for precise times as well as drop-off and pick up locations.

To register for a youth camp, you need to have a Youth Participant profile in our registration system.  If you do not have already have a Youth Participant profile in our system, please choose New User and then Youth Participant Profile when checking out.

Also, please select the appropriate tuition profile (Day, Extended Day, or Residential Camper category) and add it your shopping cart. If you need registration assistance, please email learnmore@duke.edu or call (919) 684-6259 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm ET.