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I learned so much about leadership and myself and the way I want to live my life. Thank you for opening my eyes and reminding me that I have the power to transform myself-and perhaps, one day, the world. - HMI Alumna
During high school, students receive training in subjects ranging from mathematics to soccer. But what about leadership? At HMI, we believe that leadership can be taught. And we believe that a sunrise hike to the summit of one of Colorado's towering 14,000 foot peaks may be the perfect setting to teach it.
Our leadership curriculum shapes young leaders. Good leaders know themselves, are able to influence others, and understand how and why they make ethical decisions. These three tenets frame the Summer Term's leadership curriculum. At the beginning of the Summer Term, we introduce leadership concepts and develop a shared understanding of what leadership means. We then use two wilderness expeditions to put these ideas into action. Whether keeping spirits high on a challenging day, helping to resolve a conflict between two peers, or navigating on an off-trail hiking day, the wilderness provides plentiful opportunities to teach and practice leadership. Our alumni consistently tell us that the things they learned about themselves and about leadership at HMI are applicable to real life, and that they believe they will be better leaders, sports captains and members of their sending school communities thanks to our curriculum.