The Leadership Experience - Making Emerging Leaders
The LEFFTY Academy (Leaders Educating Freedom for Tomorrow’s Youth) is for high school students ages 14 to 18. Students must: have at least a 2.5 grade point average; attend a high school in Franklin County; be drug free; be a team player.  The LEFFTY Academy will enable students to achieve their goals by developing their most valuable resource, their leadership skills.
A student who participates in the LEFFTY Academy could:
  • be that person who guides others toward a common goal
  • create an environment in which other team members feel actively involved
  • be a leader who is not the boss of the team but, instead, the person that is committed to carrying out the mission of the group
  • be that person who inspires others
  • be part of a true would be a LEFFTY

Students will learn the three keys to effective leadership:
  • Understand people, their situations and their interactions.
  • Develop experience and self-development through formal study.
  • Know the leadership skills and apply them appropriately.
The LEFFTY Academy focuses on enhancing the students’ personal and developmental leadership skills at all levels.  Students will attend a series of workshops and activities that will develop their critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills.  
Students will attend the workshops listed below:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Presentation Skills
  • Leadership Development
  • Bullying
  • Self Esteem
  • Street Drugs
  • Over the Counter Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Hepatitis A, B and C
Students will be involved in:
  • creative skits (e.g.; bullying, drug-free, leadership, respect)
  • leadership training
  • dance and performance training
  • peer mediation
  • job shadowing
  • career development
  • effective writing
  • award ceremonies
  • youth conferences
  • overnight camp
  • fun events
We believe that a student cannot be a leader/role model without being taught the necessary skills.