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The term “rising” in Rising Leaders refers to students who have just finished an academic year. In this way, the word shifts our attention from the present towards an "elevated" future offering "heightened" awareness. However, this promise is not always met, as many students remain passive without the necessary tools or experience to rise to the occasion of active learning. As motivated graduates of the competitive New York City School system we understand how to leverage student interests into productive and engaging academic exchange. We focus on investigating topics and ideas that are relevant today, and we show students how they can apply what they've learned in real world scenarios.
Rising Leaders provides crucial intellectual and social skills at an extremely critical juncture.
The transitions from 6th to 10th grades demand a shift from passive to self-motivated learning. Students must independently and collectively define their identities and world views in vibrant, supportive, and intellectually expansive environments. Knowing how to think, believe, and act gives students the ability to adapt to any situation and excel in any context - academic, social, or professional.
Rising Leaders makes critical thinking enjoyable because the research matters, the consensus building is necessary, and the teamwork is fun. Our hands-on projects, dynamic activities, and relevant field trips promote true friendship and encourage the kind of collaboration necessary to succeed in every endeavor. Our participants become Rising Leaders who are introspective, globally aware, and active multidisciplinary learners.
ABOUT RISING LEADERS
Rising Leaders is a youth created, youth administered organization. We are high school and rising college freshman devoted to purpose-filled learning. While we are students at many different high schools, the program is not affiliated with any given school, public or private. We have compiled many approaches to learning, drawing from our combined experiences at Yale’s Young Global Scholar Program, Oxford’s Politics, Philosophy and Economics youth program, and our engagement with both local and global education programs such as Columbia University’s Behind the Bars, English Access at Nha Trang University, and MYme Education in Myanmar. Our experience at MS54's Model UN, led by Mr. Donivan Barton, has also been seminal in forming our approach.
We have determined that for participants to engage actively with ideas and arguments, there must be an emphasis on learning by doing. For this reason, our program includes group activities that simulate international bodies, debates and discussions that hone expression and sharpen thought, and exposure to local leaders improving their communities to foster compassion and appreciate the hard work of making change.
We still recognize the necessity of succeeding on standardized metrics, so we offer guided study time every day to cover those bases (SHSAT + SAT + ACT) with experienced tutors. Participants may also explore broader topics of their choice, including physics, history, language and philosophy.