How The Kiski Leadership Institute Brings the School Together
The goal of The Kiski Leadership Institute is to impart particular skills associated with different stages of a boy’s development, each marked by specific challenges. We believe that a more conscientious approach to life will prepare young men for whatever challenges lie ahead, and will nurture a strong sense of character. The entire Kiski community collectively owns the Leadership Institute. Faculty and student focus groups frequently discuss the enhancement of co-curricular leadership and character activities, and constantly look for ways to grow the program.
This program is an integral part of our educational model of reaching and teaching boys. Not only does it allow students to discover and develop individual leadership qualities, it also showcases each student’s ability to develop peer leaders. Building this confidence in each boy facilitates the success of our students as members of the global community, and ensures that they all have the capacity to be lifelong learners.
Four Community Weekends during the school year have been specifically designated as Leadership Days. Students participate in the low ropes course, colloquium-style case studies in advisory groups, off-campus trips, Cougar Cup events, community service projects, Maker, Builder, and Entrepreneurial Leadership activities and much more, all with an emphasis on cultivating a strong sense of character and leadership.
The do it yourself aspect. Whenever we were free to use whatever we wanted without any set design or tools it felt as if we were given a real challenge, and not just a task with instructions. It allowed for us to use our creativity and skills to solve a problem by ourselves without any teachers input. Doing things ourselves helps us solve problems independently, without the aid of an experienced mentor. ~ Kiski Student '15
The positive outcomes of the activities were clearly evident. Perseverance, initiative, and delegating happened in a natural way without much prompting from the adults. So in that sense, it showed me that I can lessen my need to control. I will give them more open ended problems to solve in groups. ~ Kiski Faculty Member