Courses in character and leadership define the behaviors that we all want to embody as the best version of ourselves.
Our leadership teachers are passionate about growing IWA’s unique leadership culture, and they actively encourage our students to define their character and develop their leadership skills. We accomplish this in part through an innovative curriculum focused on character and leadership development, critical life skills, project management, and applications in business and personal finance. All courses are adapted from materials created by national thought leaders, leadership programs, and universities.
- Leading with Character (Freshmen & Sophomores)
- Leading with Service (Sophomores & Juniors)
- Leading with Business (Juniors & Seniors)
- Leading with Personal Finance (Seniors)
A requirement of all IWA students, this unique course compels students to identify, reflect upon, and articulate their strengths, passions, and values.
On their journey to becoming Authentic, Bold Servant leaders, students will learn to manage their time, live with integrity, embrace and practice empathy, and learn how to lean into fear.
Students learn to apply the 5 key leadership practices as well as learn to project manage, fundraise, manage a budget, and work with strategic partners in Houston to create an extraordinary solution designed with their community's needs in mind.
Based on the landmark work of Pozner/Kouzes (Santa Clara University), this leadership practices course culminates in the creation of a group Social Change Thesis Project applying the theories learned throughout the semester on a social justice issue in the community.
Leading With Business is an introduction to entrepreneurship supported by materials from the Wharton business school of the University of Pennsylvania. This hand-on class applies previously learned leadership principles in a business context.
Students will learn how businesses innovate, remain competitive, market and brand, price, operate their value chain, and track costs and financial results. The semester’s capstone project is a unique student developed business which applies what they have learned and creates profits for a local non-profit organization.
This comprehensive course in financial literacy uses concepts from Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University and activities from NextGen Personal Finance.
The course provides an in-depth review of banking, investing, budgeting, college financial planning, student and consumer debt, cars and transportation, insurance products, and taxes. The leadership principles of humility, self-control, and courage help our graduates prioritize their lives around early savings and debt avoidance. Throughout the semester students build a “22- year-old life” model which simulates their individual financial situation as a new professional under their unique career and debt situation.
Very few schools are completely dedicated to empowering young women, even those who feel like they are not “leader material.” I can say from experience that being a part of YLP has encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone in ways I hadn’t imagined