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A Leadership Lab for the Next Generation

Elevate 2020 (July 6–11) has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, we will be launching an Elevate Weekend program over the course of the upcoming academic year. Stay tuned for more details!

SUMMER 2020 DATES: July 6–11, 2020

Elevate is an annual leadership institute for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who want to respond to social problems through collaborative problem-solving. Through personalized leadership coaching, seminars with world-class speakers, adventure-based learning, and a charge to take real-world action in response to a community issue, Elevate participants develop their leadership abilities in ways that endure long after the program’s close.


What does it involve?

Who is it for?

Elevate is for students who desire to develop their leadership abilities in order to transform society for the common good. We seek students who are academically sharp, interpersonally gifted, and eager to be social entrepreneurs and leaders.

"There are not many opportunities to get placed into a meticulously-crafted group and given a real-world problem to solve. It was a fantastic experience that taught me valuable skills on how to work with other people and how to approach a problem with a team behind my back. The speakers and other activities available during the program only bolstered the time I spent there. It was wonderful and I'd recommend it to anyone, especially those looking to learn some great leadership skills." — Dan Parisi, Elevate '17 (Boxford, MA)

Eligible candidates are rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from secondary schools around the globe.

Why does it matter?

Leadership is caught, not taught. We believe that successful and inspiring leaders are team players, confident in their strengths, humble in spirit, and eager to surround themselves with others who balance them. Leaders know that together, we can achieve more. Through individualized leadership coaching, Elevate students build confidence in their unique strengths and expand their understanding of teamwork. From daily peer-to-peer interactions to connecting with world-class speakers from government, nonprofit and corporate sectors, students practice professional networking. Most importantly, students put theory into practice by tackling social needs from their local communities during this intensive leadership lab.

D. Michael Lindsay
“A well-designed program produces leaders who are capable of leading an organization by thinking about and understanding broader issues.”
D. Michael Lindsay, Gordon College president