Challenge yourself to lead

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

The Shelton Challenge

Red Hat

Shelton Challenge

The core curriculum of this six-day summer program is based on General Shelton’s five values related to 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

June 20-25, 2021 – NC State University
June 27-July 2, 2021 – UNC-Charlotte
July 11-16, 2021 – NC State University
July 25-30, 2021 – NC State University


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 Apply

Shelton Challenge

Take II

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.

July 11-16, 2021 – NC State University

Students can expect to experience and learn about:

  • Effective team decision-making
  • Strategic visioning and planning
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Public speaking
  • Resource development
  • Self-reflection
Cost: $750 Apply

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:

June 27- July 2, 2021 – NC Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC
July 11 – 16, 2021 – 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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