The Politics, Activism, and Leadership Institute (PAL), which qualifies for four college credits, is for high school students who wish to understand how communication is at the heart of politics, activism, advocacy, and leadership in a democratic society.
We employ both synchronous (via Zoom) and asynchronous (content review, virtual tours, etc.) formats to educate, illustrate, and motivate. During these turbulent and precedent-setting times, the PAL team is also committed to creatively and thoughtfully presenting information from various perspectives and experiences. Discussions are expansive, including topics related to the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, leadership styles during the COVID-19 pandemic, social movements such as #blklivesmatter and #MeTooMVMT. Throughout the two weeks, we will all learn and talk about advocacy and communication as the both are central for young citizens around the globe. Unpacking and respecting complex real-life situations will be front and center throughout the PAL experience.
With COVID-19 on the minds of everyone and the vaccination on the horizon, the staff will encourage conversations related to this virus and its effects on a number of important issues, including community activism, social justice, civic engagement, public service, scandal/crisis management, grassroots organizing, and communicating with the media. Discussions beyond COVID-19 will, of course, be central as you “find your voice” through the various activities, seminars, guest speakers, and virtual field trips.
Whether you’re interested in what takes place behind the scenes or in front of an audience, the Institute rests upon the belief that young people can be active agents within your communities both today and in the future, and serve as ambassadors and advocates for various causes and issues.
Politics, Activism, and Leadership Institute is offered as a non-credit or credit program.