The Leadership Academy

The primary goal of The Leadership Academy (TLA) is to prepare the students it serves to succeed in life by providing academic assistance, character development and spiritual enrichment through the students’ formative years.

TLA serves up to 150 students in grades K-9 daily during the school year through tutoring, computer-based literacy learning, faith-based instruction, life-skills and character building lessons, mentoring relationships, performing arts, field trips, and recreation.

In 2011, there was record demand for TLA.  Read more about that here.

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UYI picks students up from the four closest elementary schools, one middle school, as well as a centralized bus stop for our older students.

The after-school program has enrolled nearly 1,000 students since 2001.  An average of 75% of our students improve their reading level, 81% show improvement in their behavior and 89% show greater comprehension of life-skills by the end of the school year.  Each year, TLA mentors and volunteer tutors provide over 7,000 tutoring hours.  100% of students who participated in TLA in 2009-2010 were promoted to the next grade level!

Every day, students at TLA start by reciting our DREAM Pledge:

  • Dream Big
  • Respect and  Honor
  • Encourage Others
  • Always Listen and Obey
  • Make Good Choices

Want to know what we're up to today? Check us out on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for daily updates and pictures. 

Why It Matters:

The majority of juvenile crimes are committed between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays.  During the same hours, youth are victims of crime more than any other time during the day.
Unsupervised youth are more likely to: use alcohol, drugs and tobacco; receive poor grades, skip school or drop out of school; engage in risky sexual activity; carry and use weapons.

I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching. ~Proverbs 4:2

For more information about The Leadership Academy, contact Michele Cyr.


The Leadership Academy 2014-2015 Application


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