The Shelton Leadership Center seeks to provide hands-on activities that assist developing young leaders to become more confident leaders back in their communities.

The First-Year Shelton Challenge is a six-day summer experience for rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school. Shelton’s five cornerstones of values-based leadership—honesty, integrity, compassion, diversity and social responsibility—are the foundations of the camp. The core curriculum focuses on Personal Leadership Assessment and Interpersonal Dynamics, Role of Values and Ethics in Leadership, Leadership Traits and Approaches, Teambuilding and Empowering Others, Social Responsibility, Public Speaking, and Goal Setting.

The First-Year Shelton Challenge seeks youth who are rising 9th through 12th graders with a 3.0 grade point average (unweighted) or higher. Students will get to experience residence hall living, eat meals at a campus dining hall, and use indoor and outdoor recreation facilities. Cost to attend the program is $625.00 for the week.

The Take II Shelton Challenge is a six-day camp for past Challenge graduates who are ready to use the foundation created from the first-year experience to build upon their own values-based leadership approach. Participants will dive deeper within the five Shelton Cornerstones to increase their level of leadership responsibility, conflict resolution, time management and decision making through hands-on project management.

The camp will also focus on the following elements of leadership: how to build a team effectively; strategic visioning and planning; trustworthiness; loyalty; diversity and inclusion; public speaking; recognition; resource development; and leadership roles. Core leadership principles are addressed in the activities to help students discover their current style of leadership and their hidden leadership abilities. Reflection is a key component for each exercise and daily review. Students are placed in leadership roles and participate in a 360° evaluation conducted by the Coach, Mentor, Trainers (CMTs) and Peer Leaders. Students will get to experience residence hall living, eat meals at a campus dining hall and use indoor and outdoor recreation facilities. Cost of program is $625.00 for the week.

*NEW CAMPS for 2016*

Designed for rising high school seniors and college students, these six-day camps offer a unique opportunity to collaborate with students from other countries who are studying in the United States. Hosted on NC State’s renowned Centennial Campus, participants will be housed in Wolf Ridge, the university’s newest on-campus apartment complex. Participants will also be able to enjoy additional amenities: single occupancy bedrooms, fully furnished apartment living, and a dining card to the On the Oval dining hall.

The International Connections Shelton Challenge exposes students to the many benefits and skills of multi-cultural cooperation, an increasingly important component in our globalizing world. Students will work together to learn about each other’s cultures while learning about values-based leadership and the importance of diversity within teamwork and communication. The program provides an invaluable experience of nonstop collaboration among a diverse group, which will enable students to cultivate their leadership skills in adaptability, problem solving, and conflict resolution. Cost of the program is $700.00 for the week.

The Entrepreneurial Thinking Shelton Challenge allows participants to engage with distinguished NC State faculty and experienced entrepreneurs to practice leadership skills that support successful business ventures. The focus of the camp will be leading with values as an entrepreneur. Through the unique opportunity of exploring the Garage, NC State’s small business and prototyping space, the program also aims to empower students by creating a dynamic atmosphere for innovation and creativity. Cost of the program is $700.00 for the week.



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