Leadership Challenge Program: Engage Self, Others, and the Future!

Leadership Challenge Program is an institution-wide commitment to offer all UNCG students leadership education, training,
and development through curricular and co-curricular experiences.  These experiences assist students in the development of leadership skills through varied leadership experiences and prepare students to serve as citizen-leaders in a global community.  Leadership development also seeks to engage students in the process of leadership through community engagement and service-learning.

The program is designed out of the Leadership Framework.  The framework is a format
which guides UNCG students in their personal and professional development for life-long leadership.

Want to see the impact YOU can make in the Leadership Challenge? Watch this video of last year’s Gold student projects!

(Video Credit: Kynnith Francis-Vaughan)

Gold: Engage Future

Participating students “Engage the Future” through the creation of a leadership service-learning project that integrates personal and professional interests, the community, and developing leadership in others.  Students select an organization, group, or “cause” for which they can apply the leadership concepts and skills learned through the Leadership Challenge program to improve a real situation in a particular community.  Participants are responsible for identifying a need (with the assistance of the organization), developing alternative solutions to meet the need, selecting an alternative to implement, implementing the solution, and evaluating the result.

Have you completed Bronze and Silver and are now interested in pursuing Gold?  Fill out our interest form!

REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete (60) total project hours – (30) hours each semester that include direct service and administrative project management
  • Meet monthly (in person or telephone) with your Community Partner and complete required documentation
  • Attend (2) developmental opportunities
  • Complete a Project Plan and Portfolio
  • Complete a Digital Story

Sliver: Engage Others

Once you complete the Bronze Challenge, students are encouraged to move on to the Silver Challenge!

Silver is where you have the opportunity to practice your leadership philosophy and reflect on your understanding of leadership as it relates to working with others.

In the Silver Challenge, students receive one-on-one coaching, work on personal growth initiatives, and learn more about how their actions impact themselves and their communities.

There is currently a waiting list for the Silver Challenge.  Please fill out the interest form here and your name will be added to the waitlist.  You will be contacted as soon as spots become available!

REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete a minimum of 5 coaching sessions with your assigned coach
  • Maintain an active affiliation with an on or off campus organization (any group that meets on a regular basis; holding a position within the group is not necessary)
  • Complete the Leadership Practices Inventory-360 (LPI) Assessment online
  • Participate in the Silver Experience, an experiential program based on/around the UNCG Leadership Framework, facilitated by TeamQuest
  • Complete a minimum of 15 hours of community service at a single organization (this can be any voluntary work that you are not paid for that benefits the community in some way; check out our GivePulse page to find community partners you can volunteer with!)
  • Complete a minimum of 10 hours of personal/professional development (this can be any lecture, workshop, conference, counseling, dialogue session you attend on or off campus)
  • Complete a visual representation of your Leadership Journey and present it at the Silver Expo (usually done on a trifold board)

Bronze: Engage Self

The Bronze level is a road map which promotes life-long and self-directed leadership development.  You will learn to develop and refine your personal leadership philosophy through participation in workshops, service initiatives, learning resources, and group leadership coaching.  Through the Bronze level, you are able to explore leadership with your peers – cohort groups are specialized groups of students who complete Bronze, attending workshops and engaging in reflective activities together.  For a list of cohort groups and contact information for how to join, visit this site.

Interested in pursuing Bronze?  Fill out our interest form and also check out our workshop schedule for upcoming dates!  Register for Spring workshops Jan. 8!

If you are a post-Bachelor degree seeking student and are interested in the Leadership Challenge, we offer an Executive track.  Please visit our Executive info page for more information.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Attend (5) workshops
  • Complete (5) reflection journals after workshops
  • Complete (10) community service hours
  • Complete (1) final reflection at the end of the program