Social Change Leadership Academy

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Program is open to students entering grades 10 - 12 and recent high school graduates.

Previously called the Social Justice Academy

2023 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! If you’re interested in making the most of your summer, register soon. Space is limited!

Champlain College’s Social Change Leadership Academy offers motivated high school students the opportunity to dive deep into social innovation and global change. Our intensive residential program is where you will work directly with community leaders and change agents to identify persistent social problems and collaborate to develop potential strategies.

Our curriculum covers a range of global justice issues, including poverty, racism, climate change, and human rights violations. Students will collaborate to solve real world problems, acting as change agents through advocacy and activism.

This program is designed for:

  • Students entering grades 10–12 and recent high school graduates
  • Individuals who want to take immediate action on global issues, including climate change, poverty, racism, and human rights
  • Students who are committed to social innovation by seeking creative new solutions for old problems through collaboration with like-minded peers and community leaders

Pre-College Summer Program Details

Social Change Leadership Academy


Students entering grades 10–12 and recent high school graduates
Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 21, 2023

Get a Jump Start on College Education

In the Social Change Leadership pre-college summer program, students will:

  • Affect positive social change through a self-designed project focused on civic education, advocacy, and activism
  • Collaborate with other students on a culminating project that will delve into a pressing community issue
  • Collaborate with community leaders and change agents throughout Burlington to address the persistent problems facing our communities
  • Learn how to use social media and technology for social change
  • Prepare for both college life, and a future career, as a change agent in your profession and in the community
  • Build lasting friendships with like-minded peers who share your passion for making positive change

Learn From the Best

In this pre-college summer program, you’ll learn from Champlain College professors who teach in our social justice curriculum. Their expertise, experience, and community connections will help you learn how to put transformative change into action.

Make Friends

Program attendees will have a lot in common with their fellow students. By working together in the classroom, living together in the residence halls, and enjoying extracurricular activities, students form friendships that last far beyond the length of the Academy.

Experience World-Class Academics

In an ever-changing world, Champlian College is renowned for preparing future leaders in the most sought-after career fields and professions that today’s students are most passionate about. Explore our facilities, learn from our industry-expert faculty, and enjoy our beautiful campus.

Sample Daily Schedule

The daily program includes morning and afternoon instruction, and a combination of coursework and recreational activities in the evening. We’ll work through the weekend to take full advantage of our time together on campus.

8:30 – 9:00 AMMorning Meeting
9:15 – 12:15 PMClassroom Instruction
12:15 – 2:00 PMLunch and Recreation
2:00 – 5:00 PMClassrooms Instruction, group work and partner meetings
7:00 – 10:00 PMEvening Lab . Recreation Activity

Experience College Before College

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