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Leadership Academy 2015

explore. engage. evolve. 

What is Leadership Academy?

CKI Leadership Academy is an investment in the members of CKI. The six-day event is intense and focuses leadership based on servant leadership, which requires leaders to put the needs of others first, and to realize that no matter whether or not you have a title, there is always a need for service to one another and to the world. This program takes members of CKI through an adventure, starting with the CKI amazing race and ending with a plan in place to serve. The most unique part of the program—and what sets it apart from others—is that students and facilitators have an opportunity to do a service project during the program.

Who can attend?

The 2015 Leadership Academy is open to any student from a CKI club. Leadership Academy focuses on personal growth and development which in turns makes you a better leader for you club. Leadership experience is not a prerequisite for attending Leadership Academy. In fact, emerging leaders in the club are highly encouraged to attend.

When is the 2015 event?

Leadership Academy takes place Sunday, July 26, through Friday, July 31. Participants must arrive at the Indianapolis airport by 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, and may depart after 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, if flying. If you are driving, you may depart after 12:30 p.m. Do not book return flights before 3:00 p.m.

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Where does the Academy take place?

Waycross Camp & Conference Center in Morgantown, Indiana. One of the best aspects of Leadership Academy is six days without social media interaction, but amazing human social interaction. Be prepared to live without cell phone coverage and internet for the week—other than that, you will have access to modern conveniences and excellent food.

Why should I attend?

Leadership Academy is an excellent opportunity to prepare club leaders for the coming year and develop club presidents and emerging leaders within the district through participation in a life-changing leadership experience.

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What will you experience?

You will explore. Learn inspiration, self-awareness, build personal leadership abilities and skill sets, and identify a mission and leadership purpose.

You will engage. Share ideas, develop interpersonal communication, build relationships, team-building, and create environments for collaboration.

You will evolve. Discuss social justice and diversity, civic engagement, develop a vision, become a change agent, and embrace social responsibility. 

How much does the program cost?

The majority of the costs of the program (lodging, meals, and materials) are covered by CKI and courtesy of a grant from the Kiwanis International Foundation.

There is a $195 registration fee per participant. This fee is non-refundable, but clubs or districts may send substitutions to the Leadership Academy if the CKI staff is notified by Friday, July 10. After July 10, no substitutions will be allowed and the registration fee will not be refunded.

The Leadership Academy participant provides transportation to the event. Once in Indianapolis, CKI will provide transportation to and from the Indianapolis International Airport. 

Upon arrival in Indianapolis, there is no additional need for money for anything relating to the Leadership Academy experience.

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How do I apply?

Apply online. Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified within 14 days if you have been accepted to attend this year’s event.

Once accepted to Leadership Academy, you will receive a separate registration form to provide payment and your travel information. Your credit card will be charged upon submitting this registration form to Leadership Academy. If your CKI club, sponsoring Kiwanis Club, or CKI District is paying your registration fee, they will need to reimburse you for the registration fee. You must submit a credit card for your Leadership for your registration fee.

Applications will be accepted for Leadership Academy through Monday, July 6.
Registration closes for the Leadership Academy on Friday, July 10.

Online application instructions

The online application includes the following open-ended questions. It may be easier to prepare your answers in advance and then copy and paste your replies into the application. These questions can each be answered in 100 words or less.

• Briefly summarize your involvement in student organizations, the community, and on campus. Please limit your answer to three activities or organizations. Give specific examples of your responsibilities and involvement.
• Describe something you are passionate about (i.e., organizations, campus, community, society, etc….)
• How do you envision your future contributions to the campus and community?
• Specify two skills or abilities you wish to improve. Describe ways in which you are currently trying to accomplish this.
• List what traits you feel are important in a leader.
• Describe how your involvement with CKI could be impacted by attending this session of the CKI Leadership Academy.
• What strengths will you bring to the Leadership Academy that will make it a positive experience for other participants?
• List three things you hope to gain from Leadership Academy experience.
• The CKI Leadership Academy is about more than your Circle K experience. Please list three to five personal goals you would like to accomplish next year.
• How would you describe your personality in one or two sentences?
• How would you describe your leadership style in one or two sentences?
• How can the Leadership Academy facilitators and/or staff support you throughout your Leadership Academy experience?

Questions about Leadership Academy?

Contact Chris Martz, Circle K Director, at 800-KIWANIS ext. 258, or via email at

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