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    Emerson College: Pre-College Politics, Activism, and Leadership Institute

    Emerson College: Pre-College Politics, Activism, and Leadership Institute


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential
    • Destination: United States
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: Politics and Diplomacy, Communications, Social Justice
    • Selective: Yes
    • Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $3,000 - $6,999
    • Career Clusters: Government and Public Administration, Human Services
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
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    The Politics, Activism, and Leadership Institute (PAL), which qualifies for college credits, is for high school students who wish to understand how communication is at the heart of politics, activism, advocacy, and leadership in a democratic society. 

    PAL students will discuss current events through the lens of activism, civic engagement and speech writing while exploring the influence of social media and news platforms. All participants will be encouraged to “find their voice” as we journey through an abundance of activities, seminars, guest speakers, and field trips. Each week, the staff will allocate time to students as they prepare a "Speech of Advocacy" to be delivered on the last day of the Institute in front of family, friends, staff, and guests.

    As a student in the Politics, Activism, and Leadership Institute, you will:

    • Engage you as citizen-leaders in a complex and unpredictable political and cultural environment.
    • Prepare you for a variety of career leadership opportunities in municipalities, business/industry, and non-profit arenas.
    • Enlighten you to the various areas in which social injustice is perpetuated, including environmental rights, LGBTQIA rights, labor laws, health care access, sexism, racism, among many others.
    • Embolden you by providing you with important interpersonal and public communication skills as they relate to advocacy positions.
    • Enhance your public speaking skills by creating a Speech of Advocacy in which you will focus on a socially significant topic that you care about and wish to present to a relevant constituency.