South Carolina Youth Leadership Academy
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Teaching, Training, Molding & Mentoring

Want to predict the future? Look no further than our youngest citizens. Now more than ever we must train, teach, mold and mentor tomorrow's leaders today. To that end, Clemson University's Youth Learning Institute proudly introduces the South Carolina Youth Leadership Academy, a public charter middle school with a unique student-centered curriculum.

Youth Leadership Academy: Our Mission

To help each student discover and come into confident possession of his/her unique abilities, demonstrate mastery of the academic foundational standards necessary for a successful future, and establish qualities that will enable him/her to become a healthy, productive citizen and community leader.
With an academic focus on STEM subjects-Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics-YLA's core curriculum also includes English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Arts and skills development in the areas of leadership, independent and cooperative learning, outdoor education, character, and health and wellness. Pitsco Education, the leading provider of age-appropriate, student-centered, team-based K-12 learning solutions that promote success through positive and challenging learning experiences, provides our academic curriculum. By shifting the responsibility for learning from the teacher to the student, the Youth Leadership Academy hopes to become a replicable model for experiential, project-based learning that offers exceptional opportunities for students, educators and administrators alike.

Curriculum Highlights

Interest Meeting

* The January 8 meeting was rescheduled due to weather.

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The South Carolina Youth Leadership Academy is made possible by these Collaborative Partners:

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The Youth Leadership Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Angela Riddle – Youth Leadership Academy Special Programs Coordinator, 698 Concord Church Road, Pickens, SC 29671. (864) 898-4511

A Foundation For Success