For over 150 years, Southwestern has trained university students and young adults on the principles of leadership and community impact. These principles are now being introduced to teenage students all across the U.S. through LEAD. LEAD is a 6-month program designed to help young people develop the skills and character they need to achieve their goals in life. The program spotlights life skills, emotional intelligence, academics, and making a difference in the community - preparing students for success both before and after graduation.


Southwestern Global Academy:

Available to members is unlimited access to our suite of online academic services. Advantage4teens is like having unlimited access to a virtual tutor on every required school subject. Adv4Life focuses on self-leadership and life skills for situations outside of the classroom. Also included is access to AdvantageTopicSource.com, a valuable report and research-writing resource featuring 35 of the most commonly assigned non-fiction report topics covered in expert detail.

LEAD Growth Book:

The LEAD Growth Book is a 72-page self-paced book that covers a dozen leadership principles - and more importantly - suggested action steps with a social media challenge.

DiSC Behavorial Assessment: 

This behavioral tendancies assessment helps young individuals realize their unique strengths and behaviors. In essence, it's designed to help you become more self-aware by better identifying your own behavioral tendencies in given roles or situations. When we better-understand ourselves, we also become more aware of how and why others behave in their own unique ways. DiSC® is the leading personal assessment tool used by over one million peoople every year to improve work productivity, teamwork and communication.

Online Leadership Education:

Over two-dozen self-paced modules are available. Our suggestion is to comlete one module per week for 6 months. Our online leadership education also includes exclusive access to live webinars featuring accomplished athletes, leaders, entrepreneurs, and top students from across the nation. eLessons on leadership and program highlights go out twice a month.


Members will receive regular communication from Southwestern and/or their Student Rep for program benefit and engagement.

Community Impact:

In the 'Difference' part of our program, LEAD members have the ability to nominate a deserving famuly in the community for free access to our learning platform Southwestern Global Academy. Other LEAD members may choose to rally support for a guided fundraiser that benefits a local organization that they pick. We provide the framework; LEAD members provide the action.

Leadership Certification & Letter of Recommendation:

By demonstrating action and understanding around the principles spotlighted in LEAD, members will receive a leadership certification and letter of recommendation from Southwestern that can be used when applying for colleges, scholarships, and jobs.

Advancement Opportunities: 

Members of LEAD may be invited to advance into a second phase of the program or graduate into a one-on-one performance coaching program with a certififed professional coach. Graduates of LEAD are guaranteed an interview for Southwestern's 150 year-old Sales & Leadership Program - the 2019 winner for top-rated internship in the nation.

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