HOW ACADEMY 4 WORKS

ACADEMY 4 FRIDAYS

Academy 4 takes place one Friday a month during the school year (9 months). Fourth grade students, mentors, and
volunteers gather on the school campus during the school day for a fun-filled time of leadership training and relationship building.
Each Academy 4 Friday is comprised of three different activities: Spark Clubs, LEADERS Assembly, and Mentoring .

SPARK CLUBS

EXPANDING POSSIBILITIES

Students attend two Spark Clubs on each Academy 4 Friday. These clubs offer a wide variety of experiences such as cooking, dance, basketball, soccer, art, robotics, coding, guitar, and ukulele. Community volunteers with expertise and passion in the club topic lead the clubs. Spark Clubs provide students with opportunities to explore extracurricular activities they may not otherwise get to experience, They are an excellent avenue for students to be exposed to new ideas and experiences.

Leaders Assembly

Students and mentors gather for leadership training in a pep rally atmosphere. The leadership trait of the month is introduced through a fun and engaging puppet show, and a book of the month that is related to the leadership trait is presented. The assembly lasts about 15 minutes and  prepares students and mentors for their mentoring time.

Building Relationships that matter

The final activity of each Academy 4 Friday is by far the favorite for all the students. It has two parts, LEADERS Compass Time and Hang Time. Working in their LEADERS Compass workbook, students and mentors answer questions and do activities together to process the leadership trait of the day and discuss ways that it can be applied in their daily lives. Following the LEADERS Compass Time, students and mentors continue connecting one-on-one through Hang Time.
During Hang Time, mentors and students spend quality time playing a board game, reading a book, doing a craft, playing a game of toss or another outdoor activity. Hang Time is special time where relationships grow and students truly feel special and loved.