The LEAD UP program consists of two phases:
During freshman year, Fellows will interview an Aiken County Public School principal. The interview consists of a series of questions premised on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens™. Upon completion of the interview, Fellows submit a reflection paper discussing the principal responses within the context of the 7 Habits™.
During sophomore year the Fellows will “shadow” an Aiken Public School principal for three (3) hours. This hands-on, immersive opportunity provides critical insight into “real life” leadership that influences school-based decisions and actions. Fellows are therefore better positioned to understand, apply and evaluate their own leadership abilities by observing the skills of their mentor principal. At the end of the shadowing experience, Fellows create a 10-minute video discussing their experience within the context of the 7 Habits™.