Dawson Summer Initiative

Two-Week Leadership Program

Please contact DSI with any questions:

Call us:  303-381-0444
Email us:  lmichael@dawsonschool.org
The two-week Leadership Program is designed for scholars who successfully complete the previous summer’s five-week thematic session.
Working closely with their instructors and one another, scholars engage with leaders in the community, hone their public-speaking skills, and develop and present projects with their peers.
This past summer’s group focused on “What Constitutes a Leader in Today’s Society?” and scholars reflected on the impact of their own belief systems and on those who influence them. Speakers brought in specifically for the Leadership session included: Fran Simonet, Colorado District Court Magistrate; Gabi Ury, 16-year old World Planking Champion; Darion Peterson, mechanical engineer and medical equipment inventor for Covidien; and Wayne Wagner, founder of international company Krayden, Inc. 

Each summer, scholars in the Leadership session create a "This I Believe" statement and present it to their peers. ("This I Believe" defines itself as an "international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives.") Here are some examples of this past summer's presentations.

The Power of Education

Religious Choice, Humanity & Goodness

"Be Someone's Nutella"
Why Are We Here & Living Life to the Fullest