LEAD Academy

Leadership, Education, Action, Development (L.E.A.D.) Academy

Thursday, August 27th – Monday, August 31st, 2020

"LEAD was one of the most inspirational experiences I ever had. I learned how to be part of my school community and how to be a good community leader."

- Monique Symes (Program Alum)


What is LEAD Academy?

L.E.A.D. stands for Leadership, Education, Action, and Development. It is a five day leadership, college success, and civic engagement action program for freshmen students at MCLA. It is designed to develop leadership and college preparation skills that students can immediately apply at MCLA and beyond. 

LEAD Academy prepares freshmen to excel at MCLA, discover pathways to success in college, distinguish themselves as leaders and immediately make an impact in their new community. LEAD workshops and activities explore leadership, college success, personal and professional growth, teambuilding, civic engagement and much more. This five-day summer action program is an excellent chance for freshmen to jumpstart their MCLA careers and bond with fellow student leaders and staff. LEAD Academy is available to a limited amount of freshmen at a minimal cost.

To learn more about how you can jumpstart our MCLA experience through LEAD Academy contact the MCLA Volunteer Center at MCLA at 413-662-5251, e-mail us at spencer.moser@mcla.edu and visit www.mcla.edu/lead

What kinds of activities will we do?

LEAD Academy activities are a combination of workshops focusing on college success, leadership, and personal and professional growth. LEAD students also will choose from various community service projects in the local area and discuss those experiences. LEAD students will participate in team building activities, including a low ropes course. Additionally, there are panel discussions with current student leaders and staff. The workshops and activities are facilitated by current MCLA student leaders and MCLA staff who together have identified these topics as most critical for incoming students.

How many people will participate in LEAD Academy?

The 2020 LEAD Academy will be between 20 and 25 participants.

What are the dates and times of the program?

LEAD Academy 2020 will start on Thursday, August 27th and will run through Monday, August 31st. 

Where will I stay during the program?

LEAD Academy Participants and Staff will all stay in their room for the fall semester, they will move in 3 days before the other first year acdamies. 

What is the cost of LEAD Academy?

The LEAD 2020 program is $75.00 This fee covers room and board, transportation during the program and any other activities fees. There is not an application fee either. There are limited spots so be sure to apply as soon as possible.

How do I apply?

There is a written application for the LEAD Academy. For an application and additional information, please contact Spencer Moser or Christopher Hantman in the MCLA Volunteer Center at 413-662-5251 or spencer.moser@mcla.edu and visit www.mcla.edu/lead to download an application or visit a LEAD Interest session at orientation.

Interested? Complete an application form.

To learn more, contact Spencer Moser, 413.662.5251.

Returning MCLA Student?

Become a LEAD Staff Member: Who better to coach incoming freshmen on being a successful, involved student than current students who have done it themselves? Part of what makes LEAD Academy an exciting program is that student leaders help to design and run it. Being a LEAD staff member is a great way to help build a strong MCLA community and to mentor future MCLA leaders.

Apply at the Student Employment website and complete this application form.