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2016 Summer Institute at Columbia College

Summer 2016 marks the 26th year of the Summer Institute at Columbia College, through which more than 1,700 woman have taken their first steps to becoming successful leaders.

The series motivates and empowers middle and high school-aged young women to become effective leaders and members of their community. It provides participants with skill development in communication, conflict resolution, problem solving, goal setting, decision making, team-building, combined with tools for academic and personal success. The Summer Institute served 130 girls in 2015, providing financial-need based scholarships for more than 50% of participants through support provided by generous donors.

This year we will be offering four unique, week-long summer camps serving rising 9-12th grade girls with individual leadership gifts. The Summer Institute programs include:

  • Step Up (June 26 – July 1): Establish the foundation of leadership. For rising 9th graders.
  • Step In (July 10 – 15): Build your leadership framework. For rising 10-11th graders.
  • Step Above (July 10 – 15): Become a future ready leader. For rising 11-12th graders.
  • Step Ahead (June 27 – July 1): Cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit. New day camp for rising 10-12th graders.

Our nomination deadline is April 15, 2016 and our application deadline is May 8, 2016. To nominate or apply for The Summer Institute, please visit columbiasc.edu/summerinstitute or email leadership@columbiasc.edu.

About Columbia College

Columbia College, founded in 1854, is a private, nonprofit liberal arts women’s college with coeducational evening and graduate programs. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Columbia College advocates a holistic approach to education, with an emphasis on respect for the individual and service to the community. In recognition of these values, the College is listed in The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character Development and in US News and World Report as a Best Value College. The College’s undergraduate curriculum offers more than 30 majors and a variety of minors and special programs. columbiasc.edu

About the Center for Leadership

The Center for Leadership, one of five centers in the Institute for Leadership & Professional Excellence at Columbia College, prepares women of all ages to assume leadership roles within their professions and communities, to lead innovation and change, and to be effective and principled leaders in a global society. In achieving this mission, one of the largest focus areas for the Center is supporting leadership development for the next generation of women leaders, focusing on 8th-12th grade girls. columbiasc.edu/institute

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