Kiski Leadership Institute For Boys

We’re excited to announce the upcoming launch of our new leadership program at Kiski! The Kiski Leadership Institute for Boys is the culmination of three years of developing various leadership and character development programs for our students. After all of this hard work we’re excited to show you the final product in the fall of 2016.

What started as a low ropes course challenge in 2013 has grown into this new four-year leadership program where we’ll help our students grow as individuals and prepare them for college. The program is designed to teach our boys valuable life skills such as collaboration, cooperation, and problem solving through innovative, out-of-the-classroom activities. The Leadership Institute is divided into four stages for each class of students:

Our first-year students will focus on community service and outreach as they begin their high school careers at Kiski. As part of the Leadership Institute, freshmen can volunteer for Action for Animals, Roaring Run Watershed, various campus projects, and Habitat for Humanity. The goal of this first stage is to teach our students how to work together for the betterment of their community.

During their second year of the Leadership Institute, students will focus on teamwork, collaboration, and problem solving as they explore the outdoors. Our sophomore students will develop valuable life skills as they hike the Laurel Highlands Trail and go rafting in Ohiopyle. The second stage also includes the Tunnelton Canoe Trip, Outdoor Odyssey, Fallingwater, and Kentuck Knob.

As our students enter their third year at Kiski, we’ll focus on Civil Rights Education as part of the leadership program. This stage will include a seminar for the film Selma, a visit to the Gettysburg Battlefield, John Baker’s “The Civil War Soldier Experience”, Antietam Battlefield, Bushy Run, and a Civil Rights guest speaker. A thorough Civil Rights Education will help our boys succeed in life by giving them a comprehensive understanding of current racial tensions and the political climate.

During the last year of the Leadership Institute program, students will learn about genocide and global issues. This genocide education will include a guest speaker series on the Holocaust, a capstone visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, and a film colloquium on Son of Saul or Hotel Rwanda.
While some of the focal points for the Leadership Institute cover complex subjects, students of all grades will still get to enjoy our Low Ropes Course and Maker Days, where we foster communication skills and build an entrepreneurial spirit in our students.

If you want to learn more about the Kiski Leadership Institute for Boys, feel free to contact us!
1888 Brett Lane, Saltsburg, PA 15681   |   (877) 547-5448
Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, independent, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States.  Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.

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