Leadership Exploration through Applied Practice (LEAP) seeks to prepare students for leadership roles and responsibilities in service to the college and community. LEAP accomplishes its mission through education, development, and training in a series of sessions and activities on the West Virginia Wesleyan College campus. Students will develop a personal leadership model grounded in theory and research aligned with the mission of West Virginia Wesleyan College.
This is a three-tiered program where students learn about individual life skills, practice leadership in a group setting, and create a personal leadership model and legacy. The Bronze and Silver Level sessions are taught by faculty, alumni and community members. Both levels require students to attend three elective sessions and three required sessions. The Gold Level requires students to apply their knowledge gleaned from the program. Students design and complete a project or improve an existing project for a student organization, co-curricular/ curricular department or non- profit agency. Using skills learned through the LEAP program, students will create a detailed proposal which articulates their objectives for the project. LEAP helps students build a strong foundation of leadership skills and awards them with a co-curricular certificate when completing each level.
LEAP Program Experiences
“For everyone, college is a formative experience intended to prepare students for the future rigors of whatever career they choose. While completing the coursework specific to one’s own major, students become capable of the academic requirements necessary for the future. However, even within in these fields of study, sometimes it can be difficult to develop the necessary leadership and teamwork skills crucial for future jobs. This is what makes the LEAP program so important to the college, especially to those students wishing to make the most of their time at Wesleyan. People who join LEAP can expect to be taught the basic framework of how to be a leader and then what is necessary to succeed as one. Whether you are a freshman looking to prepare yourself to be the future president of a campus club or a senior looking to add that last addition to a perfect résumé, it is worth considering what the LEAP program can do for you.”
– Mason Winkie ’17, Student Participant
“The LEAP program has greatly impacted my personal leadership development through the self-exploratory, hands-on environment. The casual sessions allow for students to discuss topics of their choosing whether it be anything from personal strengths and values to how to manage money. LEAP makes leadership a subject that anyone can be involved in despite their experience, and it has made me more confident and self-aware when applying for internships and leadership opportunities on campus.”
– Meg Allen ’19, Student Participant
“LEAP is an important program on campus because it has given students a framework on how to serve as strong leaders, collaborate with a variety of personalities, and empower their peers to feel confident in their own leadership styles and strengths. LEAP members have an opportunity to work one-on-one or in a small group with a facilitator who knows and understands the experiences leaders address daily. The facilitators engage LEAP members in the process of problem-solving, communication, and critical thinking. These skills developed through LEAP are valuable for post-graduate experiences, whether a student goes directly into the professional workforce or continues their education in a graduate program.”
– Jill Okes ’08, Facilitator, Faculty, and Alumna