Summer Programs

Summer Programs 2018-01-08T18:23:49+00:00

At MLW, we believe that everyone has leadership potential. Our week-long residential programs allow middle- and high-school students to immerse themselves in all aspects of leadership. MLW delegates discover and develop their own unique strengths in daily workshops, practice their leadership skills in team projects, and are mentored by our skilled staff to find their passion, their voice, and their path.

The Maryland Leadership Workshops staff, the majority of whom were once delegates themselves, train and prepare for hundreds of hours over approximately eight weeks for our programs. From the moment they are hired, staff work on curriculum, project plans, and workshop ideas. An important feature is incorporating feedback from previous program participants as well as senior staff who come from fields of education, social work, engineering, law and management. This iterative process and a strong commitment to staff development instills a passion and commitment to MLW that is truly inspiring. The result: a life transforming experience for all involved.

Workshop topics include:

  • Leadership Styles
  • Self Awareness and Identity
  • Group Dynamics
  • Diversity
  • Communication Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Ethical Decision-Making
  • Advocacy
  • Motivation and Empowerment
  • Leadership, Power, and Privilege
  • Project Management
  • Conflict Management
  • Creative Problem Solving

Location: UMBC – University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 100 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250
2018 Programs and Dates

July 15-21

  • Bridge (for rising 8th or 9th graders who have attended MSEL and are ready for a smaller, more personalized, advanced program)
  • Journey (only for girls residing in Howard County entering grades 8 or 9 in Fall 2018)
  • Advanced Leadership Seminar (for high-schoolers with extensive leadership experience)

July 22-28

  • Middle School Experience in Leadership (for students entering grades 6-8 in Fall 2018)

July 29-August 4

  • Senior High Workshops (for those entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2018)

Middle School Experience in Leadership (MSEL)

Location: University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Eligibility: For students entering grades 6-8 in Fall 2018.

Description: During the Middle School Experience in Leadership, students begin to develop their individual leadership skills and learn how to identify and take advantage of opportunities for leadership in their schools and communities. The experienced staff fosters a fun, safe and supportive environment in which middle school students become comfortable building their leadership talents.

Daily activities include:

  • Interactive workshops on topics such as self awareness, leadership styles, group dynamics, diversity, decision-making skills, and more.
  • Group projects that allow delegates to apply and get feedback on their leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Small group coaching sessions with our trained staff to address specific areas of growth for each delegate and identify an action plan for post-site implementation
  • Recreational activities such as team building games throughout the day, and a different camp-wide activity each night (a dance, a talent show, “messy games night,” and more)

Tuition: $895 until May 15, additional $100 late fee for registrations after that date.

To Apply: Click here.

Senior High Workshops (SHW)

Location: University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Eligibility: For students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2018.

Description: The Senior High Workshop (SHW) provides a fun, challenging, inspiring, and fulfilling week-long experience for teens while helping them to develop leadership skills needed to succeed in diverse environments. Through innovative leadership activities and engaging group challenges, students interact with both peers and staff to develop a unique leadership style to apply to their lives at home. Throughout the week, teens are encouraged to set goals and are given the tools to achieve them. Additionally, the students meet other teens from around the state and have the opportunity to form life-long friendships. The SHW staff strive to empower teens to be the leaders they want to be in their community and agents of positive change in society.

Daily activities include:

  • Interactive workshops on topics such as self awareness, leadership styles, group dynamics, diversity, motivation & empowerment, advocacy, and more
  • Group projects that allow delegates to apply and get feedback on their leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Small group coaching sessions with our trained staff to address specific areas of growth for each delegate and identify an action plan for post-site implementation
  • Recreational activities such as team building games throughout the day, and a different camp-wide activity each night (a dance, a talent show, “messy games night,” and more)

Tuition: $895 until May 15, additional $100 late fee for registrations after that date.

To Apply: Click here.

Bridge

The concept for this program arises from the need to accommodate 8th and 9th grade student leaders who’ve been through our program before (or have equivalent leadership experience) and are ready for more intensive training and practice prior to entering Senior High Workshops. Modeled after our Advanced Leadership Seminar, this will be a small program of 25-30 delegates with a dedicated staff who will create the curriculum from scratch each year to meet the particular needs of the students.

Eligibility: Experienced student leaders entering 8th or 9th grade in 2018

Tuition: $995

To Apply: Click here.

Advanced Leadership Seminar (ALS)

Location: University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Description: The Advanced Leadership Seminar attracts Maryland´s best and brightest young leaders interested in building upon their previous leadership experience. ALS challenges delegates to re-examine themselves as individuals and leaders through innovative workshops crafted according to their unique needs, individual goal setting and a culminating project focused on real-world application of leadership skills. Delegates will participate in workshops unlike any typical classroom experience and have a chance to build lasting relationships with fellow enthusiastic high school students and extensively trained staff members alike.

Tuition: $995

To Apply: Click here.

Journey

Location: University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are female residents of Howard County entering the 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2018. Applicants should have some previous experience in leading her peers, a willingness to try new experiences in a safe environment, and a desire to serve her community.

Description: At this unique program, each student identifies her own leadership skills, strengths, and weaknesses in a supportive and fun environment, which fosters increased self-esteem and confidence. This program is tailored to meet the needs and experiences of girls in middle and high school. Graduates of Journey are equipped with leadership skills, tools, and motivation to enhance their schools and communities.

Daily activities include:

  • Workshops on topics such as empowerment and motivation, communication, decision making skills, group dynamics, self-awareness, and healthy relationships.
  • Small and large group projects for girls to apply and get feedback on their leadership and interpersonal skills
  • One-on-one interactions between staff and girls to address specific areas of growth for the individual and identify an action plan for post-site implementation
  • Recreational activities such as team building games and activities.

Tuition: $895 through May 15, additional $100 late fee for registrations after that date.

To Apply: Click here.

Support for this program has been provided by the Women’s Giving Circle, a fund of the Community Foundation of Howard County.