Student Presidential Leaders Series
The Clinton Presidential Center Student Presidential Leaders Series is a modular educational program for high school students and educators designed to shape and inspire the next generation of leaders.
Student Presidential Leaders Series
The Clinton Presidential Center Student Presidential Leaders Series is a modular educational series designed to inspire the next generation through curriculum and activities rooted in social engagement. The program offers an in-depth look at the process of presidential leadership, the importance of civic participation, and the tactics of turning knowledge into action. Through this program, the Clinton Center aims to build capacity within future leaders and enhance the abilities of educators to support student development.
Each year, 15 students and 15 educators will be selected to participate in this program to build connections with peers and educators from across the state, get inspired by established leaders, and learn how to make a meaningful impact.
Designed with accessibility and long-term impact in mind, this programming will take place annually and at no cost to any participant thanks to the generous support of the Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust.
Selected educators may choose to receive either 12 hours of professional development or a $400 stipend for their participation.
About the Program
The Student Presidential Leaders Series consists of FIVE sessions.
Session 1 | Student Presidential Leaders – Virtual Workshop | November 13 – 15, 2020
November 13 • 6 – 8 p.m. | November 14 • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | November 15 • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The first session of the Student Presidential Leaders Series is an intensive two-day workshop, facilitated by Just Communities of Arkansas (JCA), that will build meaningful relationships across identity lines, explore difficult issues that affect the lives of teens and educators in Arkansas, and teach new skills for navigating conflict.
Session 2 | Presidential Perspectives on Leadership and Civic Engagement | December 8, 2020
This interactive workshop will explore effective leadership in modern times by drawing on examples from past presidents and contemporary leaders. It will challenge students to discover how their core values impact how they make a difference in their communities. This workshop will be open to additional student groups.
Session 3 | Student Presidential Leaders – Planning Session | January 23, 2021
Presidential Leaders will meet again in January 2021 to reconnect, reflect on their leadership growth, and to frame the topic for the second annual Student Forum in May 2021.
Session 4 | Global Youth Service Day | April 16, 2021
Students and educators will participate in a special service-learning program in celebration of Global Youth Service Day, the only day of service dedicated to children and youth. By serving others, the Presidential Leaders will become more motivated to inspire others to work together to make a difference. This program will be open to additional student groups.
Session 5 | Student Presidential Leaders Forum | April 23, 2021
This workshop, designed around the practice of leadership, will serve as the culminating the experience for this special group of students and educators. The Presidential Leaders will assist in facilitating this forum for their peers, allowing them to explore an issue that is important to the next generation of leaders. It will put the power of dialogue on display through civic discussions and conversations with subject-matter experts. Students and educators will leave knowing that their ideas matter.
The Clinton Center’s Student Presidential Leaders Series will bring together a combined group of 15 high school educators and 15 high school students who seek to make an impact on their communities. Throughout the year-long experience, students and educators will build grow in leadership ability, civic engagement, and vision
Through this program, participants will build connections with peers and educators from across the state, get inspired by established leaders, and learn how to make a meaningful impact. After being immersed in learning at the sessions, students and educators ignite action in their schools, communities, and beyond by turning their knowledge into action.
The program’s culminating event will be a Student Presidential Leadership Forum, which will focus on the importance of leadership practice, and gives students the opportunity to reflect on personal experiences that reveal both their core values and individual approach to leadership.
How to Apply
President Bill Clinton built his Presidential Center to serve as a venue to convene and connect people from all walks of life. He envisioned a place that would inspire leadership and civic engagement. The Student Presidential Leaders Series is in alignment with this vision, and we encourage students and educators of all backgrounds to apply. The only prerequisites are a willingness to learn and the desire to become a better leader. This programming will take place annually and at no cost to any participant.
Students in grades 9 – 12 can apply to be a Student Presidential Leader HERE. The deadline to submit an application is October 1, 2020.
Educators can apply to be an Educator Presidential Leader HERE. The deadline to submit an application is October 1, 2020. Selected educators may choose to receive either 10 hours of professional development or a $400 stipend for their participation.