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Shelton Challenge leadership programs are immersive leadership-development experiences for youth and college students.

The Red Hat Shelton Challenge is a transformational six-day summer experience for rising 9th-12th grade students. All participants live on a college campus and focus on core curriculum that includes:

  • personal leadership assessment and interpersonal dynamics

  • the role of values and ethics in leadership

  • leadership traits and approaches

  • team building and empowering others

  • social responsibility

  • public speaking

  • goal setting

Each session is designed to help students identify, practice, and enhance values-based leadership skills through hands-on activities and confidence-building experiences.

Register below for sessions this summer or read more about expected learning outcomes, the application process and more on our FAQ page.

The Shelton Challenge

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Shelton Challenge

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The core curriculum of this six-day summer program is based on General Shelton’s five cornerstones of values-based leadership: honesty, integrity, diversity, social responsibility and compassion. This experience is designed for rising ninth- through twelfth-grade students with a 3.0 unweighted grade-point average. Participants live on the campus at NC State University or UNC Charlotte.

Red Hat Shelton Challenge Dates

***Applications for the 2020 Red Hat Shelton Challenge will be open on Friday, November 1, 2019. ***

June 7-12, 2020 – NC State, Raleigh, NC
June 21-26, 2020 – UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
July 12-17, 2020 – NC State, Raleigh, NC
July 26-31, 2020 – NC State, Raleigh, NC

Students can expect to experience and learn about:

  • Personal leadership assessment
  • Interpersonal dynamics
  • Role of values and ethics in leadership
  • Leadership traits and approaches
  • Teambuilding and empowering others
  • Social responsibility
  • Public speaking
  • Goal-setting
Cost: $750 Register

Shelton Challenge

Take II

******Applications for the 2019 Shelton Challenge: Take II program are CLOSED. Applications for the 2020 Shelton Challenge: Take II program will be open on Friday, November 1, 2019. ******

Building upon the foundation set during the first year of the Shelton Challenge program, the Shelton Challenge Take II is ideal for students desiring to deepen their leadership effectiveness. Participants in this six-day summer experience strengthen their skills in conflict resolution, time management, decision-making, and project management. Students are placed in hands-on leadership roles and participate in 360-degree evaluations with mentors.

Students can expect to experience and learn about:

  • Effective team-building
  • Strategic visioning and planning
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Public speaking
  • Resource development
  • Self-reflection and review
Cost: $750 Register

Other Shelton

Challenge Sites

The Shelton Leadership Center partners with communities across North Carolina and beyond to provide this unique leadership experience to pre-college students. Students who participate at one of these sites will receive the same opportunities and experiences they would at the Red Hat Shelton Challenge. Partners are trained by Shelton Leadership Center and provided with all the resources to deliver the program at their site. If you are interested in attending a Shelton Challenge at one of our other sites, please visit their websites below:

July 12-17, 2020 – NC Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC
July 12-17, 2020 – Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC

Thank you to our supporters

 

The generous support of many partners makes the Shelton Challenge experience possible this year!

We would like to thank:

  • Red Hat, Inc.
  • Carolinas Freedom Foundation
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Shelton Challenge Alumni and Friends

 

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