Civic Leadership Institute

Northwestern University

  • $4300

  • June 18 2020

  • June 15 2020

  • 9th - 12th

  • Yes


Northwestern Center for Talent Development Johns Hopkins University, Peabody CampusBaltimore, MD* Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Campus isл_situated in Baltimore's historic Mount Vernon neighborhood. Home to Johns Hopkins' music conservatory, the campus provides the atmosphere of a small, private university amid the diversity and excitement of an urban setting. From a home base in central Baltimore, students have access to educational and recreational opportunities throughout the city. Classes also take a day trip to Washington, DC. Northwestern University Chicago, IL Civic Leadership Institute participants live and learn in the heart of downtown Chicago, at the University Center Residence Hall. This ideal central location offers unparalleled access to Chicago_Сйs Loop and historic neighborhoods throughout the city. Service experiences immerse students in vibrant communities like Bronzeville, Chinatown and Pilsen; while recreational activities allow students to explore cultural sites and tourist attractions like Navy Pier, Millennium Park and the Magnificent Mile. Living downtown provides students with an exceptional opportunity to experience all that this incredible city has to offer. University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA* One of the world's premier public universities, the University of California, Berkeley offers the opportunity to experience college life at a prestigious academic and research institution. The UC system's flagship campus is a wooded 178 acres amid a diverse and thriving college town. From this vibrant city on the bay, students have access to a wealth of service and recreational sites throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. *The Civic Leadership Institutes in Baltimore and Berkeley are programs of Johns Hopkins University_Сйs Center for Talented Youth. Academic Challenge Through this advanced course in Service, Leadership & Community Transformation, students are challenged to learn in new ways and apply their skills in real-world settings. Class groups of approximately 15 students, along with an experienced instructor, engage in an innovative curriculum that integrates theory and practice. Classroom learning is hands-on. In addition to readings and written assignments, our instructors utilize interactive exercises, simulations, independent and small group projects, and facilitated dialogue and debate. Students develop their critical thinking skills by examining and defending their own ideas and learning to understand and appreciate the perspectives of others. Meaningful Service At CLI, students experience service like never before _СР service that not only strikes a chord in the moment, but resonates throughout their time at CLI and for years to come. Year after year, students report that the service experiences are the most eye-opening element of the program. The city becomes_СЊa classroom, and the issues communities_СЊ are facing become a text. Students are able_СЊto connect with people, hear their stories_СЊand gain an understanding of the issues that readings and assignments alone can_Сйt provide. Several times a week, in their class groups, students engage in service projects that span neighborhoods, organizations and approaches to addressing social problems. During a typical project, students might serve a meal to someone who is hungry, run activities at a youth center, or conduct outreach for a neighborhood improvement organization. All service experiences are coordinated_СЊand facilitated by CLI staff, who create a supportive environment where students feel safe to participate in activities they may have never attempted before. Speakers & SeminarsA series of all-campus guest speakers allows students to hear from top government, business and nonprofit leaders about their experiences, perspectives and advice for young people wanting to create change. In addition, students have an opportunity to explore special topics in leadership and social change through periodic mini-workshops that complement the curriculum and are drawn from the diverse expertise of CLI staff. Leadership DevelopmentStudent leadership is a core value of CLI. Staff provide tools for students to move beyond participating in the program to taking ownership of their learning and their residential experience. In the process, students hone their communication and interpersonal skills and gain practice in teamwork and problem solving. Over the course of the program, students identify a need in their neighborhood or school community and create a plan to address it, applying the tools they learned in the course to an area of personal interest. Students report that their CLI experience provides rich material for college admissions essays, job and internship interviews_СЊand future academic assignments. Most importantly, students build their proficiency as active, engaged citizens and leave the program inspired and empowered to create positive change. Participants may be eligible for high school creditл_andл_between 25 and 100 hours of service-learning creditл_towards school or extracurricular requirements. Students interested in pursuing credit should discuss this option with school officials before applying to the program. Students or families should contact the academic counselor, registrar, principal or other school administrator responsible for granting credit at the student's academic-year school. You may download a sample syllabus toл_share with school officials prior to the program. Additionally, let school officials know that you will be able to document your completion of the course with a detailed evaluation from the instructor, certification of service hours, and a transcript or certificate of completion. Often a school district will require a certain number of contact hours to qualify for credit. The Civic Leadership Institute provides 100 contact hours with the discipline. The acceptance of credit at a student's academic-year school depends on the student's successful completion of the course and the school's institutional policy about the recognition of credit from outside institutions. While successful completion of a course indicates that a student has mastered the material covered, we cannot guarantee that the academic-year school will acknowledge or accept the credit earned. Evaluations & Transcripts All students receive a narrative evaluation after completion of the course. The evaluation provides feedback on the student_Сйs achievements in the course and outlines areas for further growth. Students also receive certification of service hours, and an official transcript or certificate of completion. School officials typically require copies of these materials to grant proper credit. Many students also choose to include them in their college applications. Evaluation materials are sent to families (and schools, if requested) approximately six weeks following the completion of the program. CEP is also happy to complete any specific forms required for students to earn service hours; contact our office for assistance with this. Community & College Life CLI offers an opportunity for students to experience a true living-learning community. Students and staff live on a top college campus in an exciting city. In diverse class and residential groups, students form strong bonds with like-minded peers from across the country and around the world. Staff are invested in the success of every student, and help build a safe and supportive environment for growth and self-discovery. All Civic Leadership Institute participants live in one residence hall on campus, under the supervision of specially trained residential staff. Each resident assistant (RA) is responsible for a group of approximately 15 students. Most students are assigned to double rooms, but on occasion, students are assigned to singles or triples. Bathrooms are shared. The residence hall has defined boundaries for male and female students; cross-hall visitation is not permitted. Students eat with residential staff and other members of the university community in a dining hall on campus. Students also have limited access to other campus facilities, including libraries, computer labs and athletic fields. Recreation & FunJust as the city becomes a classroom, it also becomes a place to experience cultural and recreational opportunities outside of class. Our residential staff plan and facilitate a wide range of engaging activities that suit the varied interests of our students. An afternoon might be spent playing soccer, exploring the new exhibit at an art museum, checking out the local farmers_Сй market or cloud watching at the park. Students also have the option of signing out in pairs or small groups to visit sites close to campus, such as local shops, bookstores and cafes. When students need a break, they can relax in the dorms, unwind and talk with friends. Weekends are a chance to explore the city and engage in all-campus fun, with dances, talent shows, scavenger hunts and the like. Through each unforgettable activity, students connect with new and often lifelong friends. The safety of program participants is paramount at all times. We take careful steps to ensure the well-being of our students, including: Hiring Experienced Staff MembersOur staff is a talented group of educators brought together by their commitment to teaching highly able young people about civic engagement and social responsibility. Our instructional staff are typically outstanding teachers from secondary schools or universities, graduate students or youth development professionals with expertise in service-learning. Our residential staff are typically college graduates working in the education or nonprofit fields or junior- or senior-level undergraduates with a background in residential life. All staff are selected through a highly competitive process that weighs such factors as academic background, service-learning experience and experience working with youth in a residential setting. The process also includes a criminal background check. Alumni consistently report that one of the best aspects of the program is the quality of the staff teams. Working with Established & Well-Respected Host Agenciesл_ We work closely with host organizations to provide safe volunteer and learning environments. Host agencies orient students to the communities and activities they will be engaged in and outline precautions students can take to minimize risk and help ensure the safety and well-being of all group members. Providing Careful Supervisionл_ While students are ultimately responsible for their own conduct, our trained staff teams work together to provide clear guidelines and careful supervision. Each group of approximately 15 students is supervised by an instructor and teaching assistant during class time and field experiences, and by the residential staff during evening and weekend hours. Administrative staff are also on site at all times to provide support and supervision.л_л_ Requiring a High Standard of Student Conduct Our programs are highly structured and operate with a strict set of rules regarding campus and community boundaries and appropriate staff supervision. These rules help to ensure the well-being of our students and staff, and all students who attend must be committed to respecting them. Students and families are asked to review our Honor Code so thatл_all participants are aware of the program's expectations and their personal responsibility to contribute to a positive living and learning environment.л_ Safeguarding Student Healthл_ Administrative staff keep health information about each participant on hand at all times and are available to screen student medical concerns and provide first aid. Students who become ill or injured are taken to walk-in clinics or emergency rooms for treatment. Families are responsible for all health care costs incurred by their children during the program. Ensuring Emergency PreparednessWe are committed to ensuring the highest level of preparedness for all types of emergencies. Creating and maintaining a safe and secure program environment is a responsibility shared by administrators, staff and students. Administrators organize service experiences and plan travel routes with an eye to safety and supervision. Staff monitor weather conditions and alter outdoor program activities in the event of inclement conditions. Staff are trained on fire, weather emergency, and evacuation plans and protocols and prepared to manage emergency situations. Finally, students are oriented to ways they can help ensure their own and their fellow group members' safety and well-being. For more information about how we manage Internet use and student privacy, as well as discrimination, disabilities and sexual harassment, please review CTD's Policy Statements. Each Civic Leadership Institute brings together a diverse group of bright, motivated high school students with an interest in service and a desire to develop leadership skills.л_ The following details are for the CTD Civic Leadership Institute in Chicago. Eligibility for the CTY Civic Leadership Institutes in Baltimore and Berkeley varies slightly. See CTY Civic Leadership Institute Eligibility for details. CLI is open to students who: will have completed grade 9, 10, 11 or 12 by Summer 2015; can demonstrate a high level of academic ability (through strong reading or verbal test scores or an admission portfolio _СР see below); have a sincere interest in learning about communities, social issues and civic engagement.л_(Applicants are encouraged to use the student essayto demonstrate their interest and/or experience in these areas.) a 90th percentile or above reading or verbal score on a nationally normed standardized test taken within the last two years; ORл_participation in above-grade-level testing through Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search or similar serviceл_within the last two years. Most recent school report card or transcript, demonstrating academic achievement in relevant subject areas; One completed Teacher Recommendation Form, from a teacher familiar with the student's academic work in the social sciences or humanities. Recent CEP/CTD Participants who have successfully completed any Civic Education Project program or another Center for Talent Development course in the social sciences or humanities within the past two years do notл_need to submit a test score or admission portfolio. Visit the International Students page for more information. Financial aid for the 2015 Civic Leadership Institute is no longer available. The following details are for the CTD Civic Leadership Institute in Chicago. Tuition, financial aid and payment plan options for the CTY Civic Leadership Institutes in Baltimore and Berkeley vary slightly. л_See CTY Civic Leadership Institute Tuition & Fees for details. Applications received by April 15 are subject to the early bird tuition rate; applications received after April 15 are subject to the regular tuition rate. All applications must be accompanied by a tuition deposit of $500. Financial aid applicants may pay a reduced tuition deposit of $60. The tuition balance is due within 30 days of admission to the program, no later than June 8. Students with an outstanding balance at this deadline may lose their place in the program. л_ Applications received after June 8 must be accompanied by payment in full. Payments may be made by credit card or by check or money order made payable toл_Center for Talent Development. All accounts must be up to date on Opening Day or students will not be allowed to check in. CEP aims to ensure that our programs are accessible to all students who wish to attend, regardless of financial circumstances. Thus, need-based financial aid is available. Families who wish to apply forл_financial aidл_should submit a Financial Aid Application, alongл_with all supporting materials (including income documentation and a statement of need). Financial aid funds are limited and are granted on a rolling basis beginning in January, so families seeking aid are encouraged to apply early. Families seeking aid are also encouraged to apply for the payment plan (see below), as financial aid awards may not cover the entire tuition fee.л_ The amount of aid awarded varies from partial to full tuition. Awards are based on family income and extenuating circumstances. Requests for assistance typically exceed resources. Most families awarded aid have a total household income of less than $50,000.л_ An award letter reflecting the amount of financial aid granted and balance due will be e-mailed to families of admitted students within four weeks of receipt of a complete financial aid application (including all supporting materials). Any remaining balance is due within 30 days, unless arrangements have been made for a payment plan. A five-month payment plan option is available to all families. Families who wish to apply for theл_payment planл_should submit a Payment Plan Application. Families who do not apply or qualify for financial aid are assessed a service charge of $50 for the payment plan. The first payment is due upon acceptance to the program, and subsequent payments are due on the 15th of each month following. Payments must be up to date on Opening Day in order for students to check in for the program. We strongly suggest that families with financial need also seek outside support. Accepted students should start soliciting additional funds right away. Local religious or community organizations, businesses, local government offices, friends and relatives are all potential sources of support. In addition, local schools and private agencies often provide summer scholarships for talented students. Requests for withdrawals and refunds must be made in writing by June 8, 2015. E-mail toл_cep@northwestern.eduл_or mail to the CTD office. Withdrawals are subject to a processing fee of $60. The tuition deposit is nonrefundable after June 8. Students who withdraw between June 8 and the start of the program are refunded 50% of the program fees less the deposit and withdrawal processing fee. Students who withdraw after the start of the program not eligible for any refund.

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Application Deadline

June 15 2020


Evanston, Illinois


June 18 2020

Financial AID


Grade Levels

9th / 10th / 11th / 12th

Last Updated on

February 25 2020

Opportunity Types

Summer Program

Important Dates

Start Date

June 18 2020

End Date

July 17 2020

Deadline Date

June 15 2020


No multiple sessions

Personal Development and Leadership