Civic Leadership Institute

A unique summer experience for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. 

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Civic Leadership Institute

Constitutional Rights and Liberties

June 17 - 22, 2018

In the summer of 2018, the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership held our inaugural Civic Leadership Institute for high school students. Attendees considered the basic rights and freedoms guaranteed by The Constitution (including The Bill of Rights and Amendments) in an intensive one-week seminar in residence at Barrett, the Honors College, at Arizona State University. Students entering their sophomore, junior, and senior years of high school were in attendance. 

What do you do at the SCETL Civic Leadership Institute?

A typical day involved interactive lectures, breakout discussion groups, large group discussions, meals with faculty and college mentors, Supreme Court simulation preparation, and evening social and team-building activities with college mentors.

Who should apply for the Civic Leadership Institute? 

Ambitious, hard-working high school students on a mission to become well-informed citizens and leaders in their communities. If you are a rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior with an interest in politics, law, philosophy, economics, and history, you should apply. 

Program Cost: $250* (includes housing, meals, materials, and interactive workshops led by ASU faculty)
*Financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to apply: Send the following application materials to

1.    Personal statement describing why you want to participate in the institute. (300-word max)
2.    Request for financial support, if desired.

Application Deadline: To be announced for Summer, 2019.

Questions: Contact Susan Kells at or call 480-965-0427