Cutting-Edge Neuroscience Taught By Medical Pioneers
Neuroscience And The Military
Learn From Medical Specialists Providing Veterans With The Most Up-To-Date Neurological Technology To Improve Their Mobility
Collaborate With Medical Leaders
Learn From And Work With Medical And Neuroscience Experts
Work With College Admissions Experts
One-On-One Application Assistance And Meetings With Top University Admissions Officers
Write A Proposal For Your Own Neurological Study
Your Proposal Will Be Reviewed By A Panel Of Neurological Experts
Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit
The Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit is a first-of-its-kind program that allows motivated high school students to have an apprenticeship with world-renowned neuroscientist Dr. James Giordano.
Dr. Giordano is the chief of Georgetown University's Neuroethics Studies Program, the Co-director of the O’Neill-Pellegrino Program in Brain Science and Global Health Law at the Georgetown University Medical Center, and Co-executive Director for the Center for Policy on Emerging Technology.
In this accelerated apprenticeship, students will spend seven days participating in cutting-edge neuroscience experiments that explore the biological foundations of the brain, progressing from the cellular foundations of the neuron to an understanding of the sensory systems, and culminating with higher-order cognitive functions such as memory, emotion, and morality.
For their final project, students will design and propose an experiment related to cognitive neuroscience and neuroethics in order to focus and apply their understanding. Participants will present these proposed experiments publicly to leading Neuroscientists, with the top teams being asked to write a paper we will publish on their theories.
Apprentices will have the rare opportunity to participate in neurological tests, meet with individuals with neurological disorders, and military veterans with cybernetic enhancements. The goal is for participants to gain a significant understanding of neurophysiology and complex neuro-interfaces.
Rising Freshmen To Graduating Seniors
July 12th - July 18th
Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
$4000 *26 Financial Assistance Scholarships Are Still Available
WE ARE THE ONLY SUMMER PROGRAM IN THE WORLD
Students will participate in hands-on activities at the Georgetown Brain Bank, Georgetown University’s Laboratory for Relational Cognition, The Petitto Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging, and theCenter for Functional and Molecular Imaging.
Students will learn to use the current tools and techniques that neuroscience experts have adopted in their field research and patient treatments.
Students will have the opportunity to interact with military veterans with cybernetic enhancements and prosthetics designed to replace missing limbs and repair neurological impairments.
Students will learn from patients how neurological implants and cybernetic prosthetics are used in their everyday lives. The goal is to foster a greater understanding of where the neuroscience of prosthetics is and where its future will lead.
Students will work directly with doctors and medical experts from Georgetown University, Gallaudet University and Walter Reed Hospital in the fields of neuroethics, neuroimaging, brain stimulation, and neurotechnology.
Students will walk away from the program with direct experience and knowledge in the medical field with specific training on the brain structure and functions of the nervous system.
Leadership Initiatives has partnered with top universities around the country to form our Medical School Admissions Panel to provide students with a firsthand account of what universities look for in applicants.
Students attend exclusive Q&A sessions with Medical School Admissions Officers from Harvard, Dartmouth, Georgetown, George Washington, and Johns Hopkins University.
Conduct experiments and travel on tours to see how the next-generation of neuroscience is being discovered.
Apprentices Will Have The Rare Opportunity To Participate In The Following Neurological Tests:
Apprentices Will Participate In The Following Specialized Tours:
Georgetown University's brain bank to hold and study real human minds
The Pettito Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging experiments
Georgetown University Medical School for multiple experiments and an overview of the institution
-A Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS)
-Neuropriming experiments using Halo devices
-Deep brain stimulations
-Neural microstimulations by creating
-Transcranial Alternating Current System form of
remote control cockroaches
Speak with leading neurologists about scientific advancements from around the globe
Gain Career Advice From Medical Pioneers
Neuroscience Research Workshops & Panels
Leadership Initiatives will host neuroscientists, surgeons, and members of research institutions in the DC/Baltimore metropolitan area to share insights into ongoing research that includes behavioral, evolutionary, cellular, and developmental neuroscience.
2020 panels will include members of major organizations like the Center for Neuroscience Research at Children's National Medical Center, The George Washington University Institute for Neuroscience, the Center for Neuroscience, and the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience.
Speak directly to patients with neurological impairments and cybernetic prosthetics
Work With Patients
Patients With Neurological Impairments
Patients With Prosthetics And Cybernetic Enhancements
Military veterans who have been injured in combat have faced extraordinary obstacles when re-entering society. Advanced prosthetics and the ever-expanding capabilities of bio-engineering are creating new iterations of brain-machine interfaces, as well as neurally-modeled machines that hope to alleviate these issues.
Students will see how modern prosthetics are combining biomedical engineering with neuroscience to assist amputees. Students will learn how people can regain sensation and mobility with new technologies.
Students will have the opportunity to meet with patients with hearing, motor, and neurological impairments. The students will gain a greater understanding of how neurochemistry affects the patient's everyday life.
Students will see the practical applications doctors use to alleviate or overcome issues the patients are facing.
Work Directly With Leaders From The Following Institutions
Collaborate With Top Medical Minds
Dr. James Giordano
Chief of Georgetown University's Neuroethics Studies Program and Co-executive Director for the Center for Policy on Emerging Technology
James Giordano, PhD, MPhil, is Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry, Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and Co-director of the O'Neill-Pellegrino Program in Brain Science and Global Health Law and Policy at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor of Brain Science, Health Promotions and Ethics at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Coburg, Germany, and was formerly 2011-2012 JW Fulbright Foundation Visiting Professor of Neurosciences and Neuroethics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany.
Dr. Giordano currently serves an appointed member of United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Council on Human Research Protections (SACHRP), is a Researcher and Task Leader of the European Union Human Brain Project; and has served as an appointed member of the Neuroethics, Legal and Social Issues (NELSI) Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects’ Agency (DARPA), and Senior Science Advisory Fellow of the Strategic Multilayer Assessment Branch of the Joint Staff of the Pentagon.
The author of over 260 publications in neuroscience and neuroethics, 7 books, and 13 government whitepapers on neurotechnology, ethics and biosecurity, he is an Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine; and Associate Editor of the Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics. His ongoing research addresses the neurobiological bases of neuropsychiatric spectrum disorders; and neuroethical issues arising in and from the development, use and misuse of neuroscientific techniques and neurotechnologies in medicine, public life, global health, and military applications. In recognition of his work, he was elected to membership in the European Academy of Science and Arts.
Dr. Aisha Garba
LI Medical Summit Education Director
For over 8 years, Dr. Aisha Garba has been a noteworthy medical Student in Zamfara. Dr. Aisha Garba has been honored with a certificate of honor for outstanding performance during her graduation. She holds a degree from the university of Szeged, Hungary, one of the most prominent higher education institutions in Central Europe and of one of Hungary’s most important universities and currently resides in Nigeria.
Dr. Aisha has so far led an impressive career as a medical doctor and in her 3rd year of being in the medical field. She is a doctor that has always received excellent feedback from her employers in Nigeria, Germany, and Hungary.
Serving as a medical officer at Defence headquarters, Dr. Aisha plays a major role as the lead doctor in diagnosing, treating and counseling patients. Through her commitment to this role, she has helped the Defence headquarters improve patient health, drug-adherence to those on long term medication or the depressed individuals and general well-being.
Prior to her current role at the Defence headquarters, Dr. Aisha worked as a doctor in National hospital Abuja, participating along with the surgical team with preparing patients for surgery, assisting surgeries, discharging and follow- up of patients. Before joining the National hospital team, she was a fresh medical doctor at Federal medical center from 2016-2017.
A self-described medical doctor, Dr. Aisha is a medical officer who is committed to touching lives in a positive way. She has spent the last two years creating awareness about different infectious and non-infectious diseases and is currently passionate about the work she’s doing to help the less privileged.
As a medical officer turned public health specialist, Dr. Aisha has developed a unique perspective when it comes to community health and health protection. Influenced by her parents and Dr. Mustapha Abubakar, she aspires to start working with an international Non-governmental organization in the next stage of her career.
She has contributed to a number of different medical outreach charity Programmes, included donation of medical equipment to primary healthcare centers in her state. She has a degree from the university of Szeged, Hungary and a master’s degree from the same university.
In her spare time, she cooks, dances, exercises and meets with friends. Dr. Aisha has been featured in Hungary and Nigeria and spoken at several medical events, including schools, hospitals, and religious gatherings.
She is a medical doctor and her impressive medical background allows her to utilize her skills and knowledge while touching the lives of people especially the less privileged all over the world. Ask her about how to make her patient’s happy. It is her secret talent.
Tamara L. Owens MEd
Howard University Health Sciences-Founding Director, Clinical Skills and Simulation Centers
Ms. Tamara Owens is the founding Director of the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centers at Howard University Health Sciences. She holds a Master's degree in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction and is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Communication. She serves on key curriculum committees for Howard University in an effort to develop clinical skills and simulation curriculum for a spectrum of healthcare professionals.
Ms. Owens served on the Board of Directors for the international Association for Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) as President and Chair of the Education and Professional Development Committee. She is also a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) and served on the Subcommittee for Program Accreditation. Additionally, Ms. Owens served on a taskforce for the American Association for Medical Colleges (AAMC) to develop a simulation inventory evaluation which was later published. Also, she has worked with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) on research and development taskforce.
Ms. Owens has several publications and is first author of a chapter in the Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs. She has presented at national and international conferences such as the Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), Ottawa Conference, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Society for Microbiology and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). She has also worked as a special technical consultant for the American College of Surgeons Education Division on the development of a 10 station Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) for surgical residents.
Ms. Owens' research interest have covered a diverse range of topics and has taken her globally, as far as South Africa. Her current international research is in Kenya where she will train standardized patients to portray adolescent patients in an effort to train healthcare professionals on how to communicate with adolescent patients with HIV and AIDS.
Harvard Medical School-Director of Talent Acquisition
Ahmed has been in the human resources and management field for over 13 years. His professional experiences extend over for-profit and non-profit organizations within the United States. He has managed human resource activities in a Fortune 50 company with sales of up to $50 billion a year and has also successfully lead and transformed recruitment, management functions, and talent acquisition activities at two Ivy League institutions, Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts and Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Ahmed’s academic accomplishments include a Diploma in Computer Studies from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi State Nigeria, an Associate Degree in Computer Applications Management from Bay State College, Boston Massachusetts, a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Northeastern University, Boston Massachusetts, and an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire. He is also an Administrative Fellows Program graduate at Harvard University in Boston, MA.
A native of Bauchi State in Nigeria, Ahmed has lived and visited various countries around the world including Europe, Asia, The Middle East, North and South America, and Africa, earning him the title, “global citizen” among his friends and colleagues. He now resides in Boston, MA and travels to Nigeria following his passion for social change in Africa and the world. Balancing everyday life is a process according to Ahmed. “One step leads to the next in an ever-changing cycle. There are no silver bullet solutions. The key is to always be analyzing your personal and professional situation, and making decisions that will have a cumulative effect towards your personal definition of success.”
Dr. Ryan Murray
Georgetown University Hospital-Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Blair Heinke
Georgetown University-Team Physician
Dr. Blair Heinke joined the Hoya sports medicine staff and the Georgetown University Student Health Center in the fall of 2012.
Dr. Heinke received a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and biology from McDaniel College. She earned her medical doctorate at the State University of New York, Downstate College of Medicine. Dr. Heinke completed her residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in urban family medicine and followed that up with a fellowship at University of South Carolina/Palmetto Health Primary Care Sports Medicine. Working at USC, she also aided the university's athletic teams and was an assistant professor in family medicine.
Dr. Heinke is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians as well as a member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine.
The Sykesville, Md., native currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Lead Health & Safety Instructor American Red Cross
Dr. Oyetewa Oyerinde
Georgetown University Hospital-Resident Doctor & The National Institute Of Health-Researcher
Tenleytown Fire Department Washington, D.C.-First Response Team Lead EMT & Paramedic
Carmine C. Carullo
ExxonMobil-Planning & Performance Analysis Manager for Medicine & Occupational Health (Retired)
Since graduating from Wagner College with a BA in economics and masters in finance, Carmine C. Carullo has built a nearly 40-year career with ExxonMobil Corporation. It is here that he has combined his business expertise with civic engagement locally and worldwide. Carullo's ExxonMobil career has taken him from New York, where he worked in accounting and finance; to Singapore and Indonesia to Virginia, where he has worked in various controller and finance positions, as coordinator of government reporting, and as assistant secretary for shareholder relations.
Now, as the planning manager of medicine and occupational health worldwide, he is charged with the well-being of 80,000 employees in 50 countries. He travels extensively to visit the company's more than 100 medical clinics. He is also involved in community health initiatives such as malaria control, HIV/AIDS prevention, clean water delivery, medical waste disposal, and medical donations. He has also worked on hospital projects in Papua New Guinea and Nigeria.
Carullo is a dedicated supporter of civic organizations in his home community as well, especially Food for Others, of which he was a board member and treasurer, 2003-2010. It is the largest distributor of free food directly to people in need in Northern Virginia. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1989, finance leader for the Emergency Oil Spill Response Team, and treasurer of Felicity Cove Association Inc.
Board of Trustees for the National Medical Association-Board Member
Gabriel Felix is fourth-year medical student at Howard University College of Medicine. He attended Binghamton University in New York, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He has worked at the Kessler Foundation doing research on survivors of traumatic brain injuries and individuals living with disabilities. His interests lie in advocacy, mental health, mentoring, and health disparities. He currently serves as the National President for the Student National Medical Association and is currently on the Board of Trustees for the National Medical Association. He hopes to use his position to continue to support medical and premedical students to become culturally competent and socially conscious physicians that advocate for underserved communities.
Dr. Eric Glasgow
Molecular Biologist/Assistant Professor of Oncology at Georgetown University Medical Center
My lab is currently developing technology to test drug sensitivities of cancer directly from tumor biopsies. Small fragments of tumor biopsy are implanted into zebrafish embryos where the response of the cells to drug treatments can be observed at the cellular level through the small, transparent, embryos. This technology, if successful, has the potential to transform cancer treatment by directly identifying the best chemotherapy for every individual cancer patient. In addition to this clinically directed enterprise, we are pursuing a number of basic science and translational projects in neuroscience and cancer biology, all utilizing the zebrafish model. I am broadly trained in molecular, cellular and developmental biology, genetics, and neuroscience, and I have utilized zebrafish as an experimental model for over twenty-five years. I developed the Zebrafish Shared Resource at Georgetown University, one of the first of its kind in the world to offer full-service access to the zebrafish model. I enjoy research and spend as much time as possible in the lab. I also enjoy teaching and have trained over sixty students in my lab over the last ten years.
A complete list of my published work can be found in MyBibliography:
My lab website is at: https://sites.google.com/a/georgetown.edu/glasgow-lab/
Pediatric Urologist at Children's National
Rachel Selekman, M.D., M.A.S., graduated from Cornell University and earned her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. She completed her Urology residency at the University of California, San Francisco and developed interests in pediatric urology. She completed her fellowship in Pediatric Urology at the University of California, San Francisco. During her fellowship training, Dr. Selekman also completed her Master’s Degree in Advanced Science and obtained rigorous training in the epidemiologic and biostatistical methods of human subjects research.
Dr. Selekman was drawn to Pediatric Urology due to the lasting impact she could have on children’s views of a healthy self as well as the special relationship between a physician and a family. Her research focuses on the implications of antibiotic utilization in the pediatric patient. This includes not only the efficacy of this treatment at the individual level but also the consequences of treatment, such as antibiotic resistance, for both the individual and for the population.
Learn From Top Medical School Admissions Officers
Yale University-Assistant Director of Admissions (Former)
Born and raised in northern California, I am an ABC (American-born Chinese) of Hakka heritage and speak Chinese and English. As an Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office, I am very familiar with high schools in the northern California and Washington DC regions.
I love working with students! As an admissions officer at Yale, I loved seeing students on campus that I had “met” (on paper) through the application process. Since then, I have continued to work alongside American and Chinese students who have interned in my workplaces, in the private sector, government, and NGOs, both in the U.S. and in China (I worked in Beijing for 3 years).
In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my husband, Charlie, and our 2-year-old Golden Retriever puppy, Zebedee. Some of my hobbies include triathlons, guitar, and eating out!
Assistant Dean for Admissions andAssistant Professor of Biochemistry& Molecular BiologyVCU School of Medicine
Nuclear receptors are a superfamily of highly conserved transcription factors that bind small lipophilic compounds such as fatty acids, steroids, and bile acids. Upon binding to these ligands, nuclear receptors facilitate expression of genes involved in diverse processes, including development, maturation, reproduction, and metabolic homeostasis. Our long-term goal is to elucidate the cellular and organism-wide role(s) of nuclear receptors and their partner proteins. Accordingly, we use the fruit fly, /Drosophila melanogaster/, as a model organism to delineate fundamental aspects of nuclear receptor-mediated transcription pathways under varying developmental and environmental conditions. Our current studies focus on the transcriptional regulation of glycolytic pathways by the estrogen receptor-related receptor (ERR). Mounting evidence suggests that ERR significantly impacts nearly every aspect of carbohydrate metabolism. Moreover, we have recently discovered a direct link with ERR to the hypoxia-inducible factor-1a (HIF-1).
HIF-1 sits at the top of a transcriptional hierarchy that mediates a broad cellular adaptation program in response to oxygen deprivation. It has been estimated that 2-5% of all genes change their expression profile in a HIF-dependent manner when subjected to hypoxia; these changes often have a profound effect on cellular â€˜characterâ€™ and decision-making. Among the processes most affected are the stimulation angiogenesis, erythropoiesis, and glycolysis. Importantly, ectopic and unregulated activity of the HIF-1 pathway occurs in many forms of human cancers, making HIF-1-mediated transcription an attractive target for cancer therapy. ERRâ€™s unexpected role in the hypoxic response provides a new avenue by which the HIF-1 pathway may be targeted. In particular, we are interested in understanding the circumstances that dictate ERR collaboration with HIF-1 and how this pairing influences energy expenditure decisions.
Theodosia S. Cook
Dartmouth College-Director of Institutional Diversity and Equity
Experienced Fellow with a demonstrated history of working in the education industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Higher Education, Secondary Education and Diversity Training. Currently driving greater organizational awareness by applying principles of inclusive leadership, organization development, adult learning, and instructional design to create systems and initiatives to bring the very best out of people and institutions.
Brown University-Admissions Evaluator (Former)
I am a Former Admissions Evaluator at Brown University and have been working in college admissions for almost a decade. I have enjoyed counseling hundreds of students through the college admissions process as the Director of College Counseling and Associate Director of College Counseling at various independent schools in Maryland. My knowledge of selective college admissions has only increased through membership in NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) and PCACAC (Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling) and travel to professional conferences and campus visits.
I also love teaching students and have taught US history, American government, French and psychology classes in the past. My foray into education began with a year abroad in South Korea teaching ESL.
I have my BA from the Pennsylvania State University in History and French, MA from Columbia University in French Studies, and a MAT from Brown University in Secondary Education. I lived abroad in Paris for three years and take every opportunity to return to France as often as possible.
When I am not advising students about the college admissions process, I am an avid knitter, weaver, baker, and hiker.
Educational Consultant at Vinik Educational Placement Services, Inc.
Annie Vinik joined Vinik EPS in 2014 after a thirteen-year career on college campuses. In her years as an academic advisor, Annie helped hundreds of students successfully transition to college life and now uses her experience and nuanced understanding of university culture to guide her clients through the college admissions process. In addition to her work with high school students, Annie also helps college students with graduate school admissions.
Annie holds a bachelors degree from Duke University and a masters degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before joining Vinik EPS, she was an Associate Director of Academic Advising at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, where she helped students map out their academic plans, from orientation through graduation and beyond. Her work also focused on undergraduate research and study abroad.
Prior to GW, Annie taught English in France, worked at the Duke University Law School, and oversaw the study abroad program at the Olin College of Engineering. As an undergraduate, Annie spent a year studying abroad in Paris. She also volunteered in the Duke Office of Undergraduate Admissions and later served as an alumni interviewer for the university. A graduate of Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC, she was a member of the school's Alumni Board for almost ten years, including two as president.
Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit
Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit
July 12th - July 18th
Georgetown University, Washington DC
International Leadership & Business Internship Summit
The neuroscience summit was the first time I heard of LI. What separates the program from others is that my experiences still affect me months afterward. I am more interested in the field. I missed the camp while attending it. I kept thinking about how amazing the whole experience was and how much I wanted it to last forever. We learned about how prevalent neuroscience is now and how much it will affect us in the future. We learned about the delicate balance between ethics and improving the technology by looking at real-life examples."
Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit
Interning With Leadership Initiatives to Plan The Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit.
The highlight of my experience was when we were able to meet patients with a deep brain stimulation, or DBS. A patient suffering from Parkinson’s disease talked about his life before his DBS was placed and after it was implanted. With the help of his DBS, he was able to regain movement after suffering from the disease for many years. Once he turned off his DBS in front of the students, he lost almost all movement in his arms and legs. The entire room was in shock at how his range of motion was lessened to almost nothing. This experience not only showed me how important this technology is to save lives, but how I could help people like him in the future. I also loved traveling to Gallaudet University's Pettito Brain Lab.
Leadership Initiatives has helped me learn that I want to become a neuroscientist in the future. This area of science can help millions of people suffering from mental disorders, neural-based disorders, auto-immune disorders, or brain cancers. I am so thankful for the opportunities that Leadership Initiatives has given to me."
Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit
Working as an intern to prepare the 2020 Neuroscience program.
The Advanced Medical & Neuroscience Summit was truly one of the biggest highlights of the summer. Throughout the entire week, I was constantly challenged to think outside of the box. I was exposed to various subtopics and job titles that include each neuroscience. This summit caused me to rethink my interest and helped me to discover new ways to change the world and help others. Over the course of the week, I also made long-lasting connections with my peers and networked with some mentors who spoke at the summit. LI has played a large role in helping me determine what I would like to do with my future career. I would not trade this experience for the world."
Advanced Medical & Public Health Summit
Preparing to Attend The Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit.
Exclusive Partnership Benefits
Founded in 1789, Georgetown University is recognized worldwide for excellence in international relations, politics, medicine, and law. It is consistently ranked as one of America’s top 20 universities. Famous alumni include US President Bill Clinton, actor Bradley Cooper, and the Crown Prince of Spain. Ideally situated in Washington, D.C., Georgetown is the perfect setting for a pre-college program.
Leadership Initiatives has partnered with Georgetown for over a decade and have been recognized multiple times with the Outstanding Community Partner Award. We’ve created six first-of-their-kind programs for students who come from all 50 states and nations from across the globe. This summer, expand your horizons at one of the top universities in the world in the nation's capital.
Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs are granted exclusive access to experts, facilities, technology and educational opportunities from our partners. In addition our programs are heavily subsidized by our sponsors allowing our programs to offer additional benefits that no other summer program in the world can offer.
Please click on the sections above to learn about our programs, our specialized student housing, meal plans, student travel, and more. Click below to learn about our academic benefits.
Exclusive Tours Of The State Department, National Institute Of Health, Supreme Court And More
In addition to unparalleled access to mentors, experts, and direct action, students will select from a list of available locations on Choose Your Own Adventure sessions!
Officials will provide private tours of select DC sites including the World Bank, National Institute of Health and Congressional Offices. These exclusive tours allow a small group of students an opportunity to ask in-depth questions and make personal connections with top-tier institutions.
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China,
Embassy of Israel, Embassy of Austria, Embassy of Britain, Embassy of Egypt & Embassy of Italy.
2020 International Leadership and Business Summit Exclusive Tours Include:
Supreme Court, United States Congress,
Metropolitan Police Department, The Public Defender Service, United States District Court for the District of Columbia and Washington D.C. Department of Corrections.
2020 Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit Exclusive Tours Include:
National Institute of Health,
Howard University Simulation Training & Education Lab, Georgetown University School Of Medicine, Red Cross and The National Museum of Health and Medicine.
2020 Advanced Medical & Public Health Summit Exclusive Tours Include:
Our Georgetown University dormitories are Copley and LXR Halls. You will be a part of a dynamic community of students and staff who live together in the residence halls.
Whether you’re working on a group project or Sumo Wrestling on the quad, it’s great to live with your friends. And if you have any questions, your Resident Counselor (RC) lives down the hall and is there for you 24/7.
Our students will live in a two-person room and may select their own roommate upon enrolling in the program.
Leadership Initiatives will provide luxury bedding, towels and pillows.
Every air-conditioned room includes a bed, study desk, closet & Wi-Fi.
Lounges, game rooms, laundry facilities, and the Leadership Initiatives office are all in the residence hall.
We are only a short walk from our academic buildings, Georgetown Cupcake and Georgetown's Olympic Gym.
Student Meal Plans
Leadership Initiatives is proud to have an all-inclusive meal plan. Students will never spend additional money on meals while at the conference. All participants have three meals per day, access to snacks and drinks at all times in the dorm rooms and several dessert surprises throughout the week.
We are the only summer program in the world where students are able to order food directly through our app which is delivered to students after classes to ensure they can focus solely on transforming lives at the conference.
We guarantee that you will have something to eat of your choosing, regardless of food allergies, veganism, vegetarianism, or any other health concern or dietary restriction.
Every morning, we create a continental breakfast buffet. Every student can use our waffle makers, select from ten types of cereal, sausages, tea, coffee, several juices, fruit, and three types of breakfast sandwiches every morning of the summit.
Students will have the opportunity to choose from 4 different restaurants for each meal every day that they are at the summit. Below are all the locations you will have an opportunity to eat at including the Famous Supreme Court Dining Hall.
Lunches and Dinners From Local Restaurants
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Students Are Always With A Staff Member
If A Student Becomes Sick Or Injured
Students With Medical Conditions
Students will live in Copley and LXR Halls. Students and staff will live together in the residence halls to ensure students have all educational, health and safety needs attended to day and night.
All Georgetown University dormitories have special keycard access requirements and security at the front entrance ensuring non-students cannot entire the dormitory and students cannot leave without permission.
Leadership Initiatives Staff and Offices are on call/open twenty-four hours a day during the conference. We are always ready to answer student or parent questions and provide assistance any time it is needed.
Resident Counselors make medical appointments in coordination with parents, accompany students to medical facilities, obtain prescription medications, and notify parents after medical visits.
Appointments are made with University Health Services or the Georgetown University Medical Center.
Leadership Initiatives has trained staff to allow students with almost any medical condition attend our conferences. Please email our main offices and we will create a plan together to ensure the student has the time of his or her life.
Student Arrivals And Departures
Students Arriving And Departing By Plane
Students Arriving By Car
Arrival Dates Outside Of The Program
Leadership Initiatives can provide transportation to and from the program for an additional $70. This includes pickup and drop-off at any of the major Washington D.C. airports (National, Dulles, BWI) and Penn Station if a student is arriving by train.
Leadership Initiatives staff members will pick up and drop students at the security gate. Leadership Initiatives will send a picture of the staff member picking up the student 24hrs before their flight's departure.
Upon arrival, the Leadership Initiatives staff member picking up the student will send a picture of the student to the parent or guardian.
When departing, the Leadership Initiatives staff member taking the student to the airport will walk the student to the security gate and will stay at the airport until the student's flight has taken off.
If you are arriving by car please use this address: 3700 P Street NW, Washington DC 20007. Your luggage will be off-loaded at a small drop off area and carted to your residence hall upon arrival.
Students who are traveling extensive distances may arrive one to three days early but will be subject to early arrival fees by Georgetown University of $200 per additional night of stay. All other students must adhere to check-in times.
Academic, College Application
& Career Benefits
All students attending Leadership Initiatives Summer Programs are entitled to ten benefits that no other organization around the world offers to their participants. Each benefit is specifically designed to assist the participating student with entrance into college or gain experience/knowledge in a career they wish to one day pursue.
In 2019 our graduating seniors:
Received over $1.58 million dollars in scholarships for college.
Had over 450 essays edited for college applications.
85% of our graduating seniors requested and received letters of recommendation.
On average increased their ACT scores by 4 points and SAT scores by 240 points.
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Our Top 10 Academic, College Selection And College Application Benefits
1. College Admissions Counseling
2. College Probability Modeling
3. SAT/ACT Training Courses
4. College Essay Review Service
5. Letters Of Recommendation
College Application Benefits
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To Learn More
Summer program students will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a college admissions expert. They will help walk students through the ins-and-outs of college applications, essay writing, and scholarships.
Students can speak directly with former admissions officers from schools such as Yale, Brown & UCLA. These individuals have a minimum of 15 years of experience in the field of college admissions.
Students are recommended to have their most pressing questions about the college application process ready so they can have them answered by someone who knows the application system inside and out.
Past students have used this time to hone in on their essay topics, decide on how many colleges to apply to, and create application time lines.
One-On-One College Admissions Counseling
Leadership Initiatives and our partners at Parchment, TestRocker and University Initiatives have designed a system that will calculate the probability of acceptance into the student’s top university choices based on the students GPA, test scores, extracurricular activities, career goals, financial need and more.
The Leadership Initiatives college admissions team will then help all participants narrow their college interest list and create a college application plan.
Because our college admissions team work with a broad range of higher education institutions, their advice, and beneficial knowledge will allow students to further understand the college admissions process.
College Probability Calculator
College Probability Calculator
Financial Assistance Needs
SAT/ACT Test Scores
Grade Point Average
The college admissions team will then identify the most important areas students can focus on to increase their probability of gaining acceptance into their top college choices.
College Probability Modeling
Featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post, TestRocker is the premier online SAT/ACT training resource for high school students across the United States. All summer program participants will receive one year of free online SAT/ACT training from TestRocker valued at over $1200.
Students have increased their SAT & ACT scores by an average of 280 points and 4 points, respectively.
TestRocker utilizes personalized learning that incorporates technology & quality content to enable students to drastically increase their ability to take college standardized tests. TestRocker combines highly-effective private tutors with the best technology on the market to increase student scores.
TestRocker comes with customized lessons, full-length tests, and 24/7 customer service.
Handpicked by parents and industry experts for BEST-IN-CLASS AWARDS
We will email the students’ parents a bi-weekly report so that parents can keep track of their progress.
We take accountability to support our students throughout their test-prep journey.
Exclusive SAT/ACT Training From TestRocker
All summer participants are able to submit up to five college application essays for review by our partners at University Initiatives. University Initiatives employs college writing professors and admissions experts to help students craft the best essay possible for their college applications.
This offer is exclusive, and not available with any other institution or program!
Each student essay will be edited to ensure it makes an excellent impression at every stage of the competitive application process. The editors will improve the style, clarity, sentence structure and coherence of your application so that your achievements are noticed.
To ensure language errors do not keep students from achieving their ambitions, every section of your university application will be carefully proofread to eliminate any mistakes in grammar, punctuation, spelling and more.
Editors bring their experience in many different backgrounds, including Science and Technology, Commerce, Management, and the Humanities.
College Essay Review Service
Students who participate in any of Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs will have the opportunity to have two letters of recommendation written for them from any Leadership Initiatives staff member, including the Executive Director Marshall Bailly.
Students that participated in the International Leadership and Business Summit can ask for letters of recommendation from their business partner or translator. Students of the Advanced Law and Trial Summit can request letters from the programs directors or lawyers they are interning with for letters of recommendation.
Students of the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit can ask the patients they diagnose or the doctors they work with for letters of recommendation. Students receive glowing and personal letters of recommendation from individuals whose lives they impacted and professionals they have partnered with.
These unique and complimentary letters are one of the most highly regarded benefits that Leadership Initiatives has. Below are letters of recommendation from past students showcasing how the program transformed their lives:
Matthew Matusiewicz - Full Ride to UC Berkeley School of Engineering
Matthew Chang - Over $30,000 in Financial Assistance to Attend Harvard University
Ricky Toh - Outside Merit Based Full Ride to Stanford University
Meredith Karle - Full Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Letters Of Recommendation
Students will receive customized web pages based on which program they attend.
web pages include a portfolio that outlines the real court case each student
worked on, showcasing their actual internship with Goodwin Weber PLLC and their work advocating for clients on Capitol Hill.
web pages showcase the student's internship with a business in the
developing world and their solution development presentation to members of the United Nations, Harvard's University Admissions Panel, and the US Pentagon.
web pages include a full video of each student diagnosing a real patient
in the developing world using VR technology, the CPR, AED, and First Aid certification awarded by the Red Cross of America, and each student's work at the Howard University Medical Simulation Center.
A link to the website will be included in each student's personal letter of recommendation, allowing colleges to discover firsthand the once-in-a-lifetime experience each student has had alongside Leadership Initiatives.
Below are student websites from our 2019 summer programs.
Advanced Law & Trial Summit
International Leadership & Business Internship Summit
Advanced Medical Neuroscience Program
Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit
Student Career Websites
6. Student Career Websites
7. Elite College Admissions Panels
8. Career Mentorship Program
9. Scholarship Application Assistance
10. College Student Mentorship Program
College Selection Benefits
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Leadership Initiatives has partnered with top universities around the country to form a panel of college admissions officers to provide students with a firsthand account on how universities select their incoming students.
Students attend an exclusive Question and Answer Session with College Admissions Officers from Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Georgetown, George Washington, and American University. These experts will discuss the basics of filling out your application, content for inclusion and exclusion, what activities stand out the most in student applications, and techniques to write a memorable application essay.
Participants in each program attend a specific graduate-level admissions panel to plan ahead to Law School, Medical School, and Business School.
No other program in the country offers pre-professional school advice directly from admissions officers, allowing students to plan ahead to their future careers and shape their path to success.
Elite College Admissions Panels
Leadership Initiatives partners summer program students with a US-based mentor of their choice from the Leadership Initiatives community of supporters.
Potential mentorship partners include executives at some of the Country’s most successful businesses, top legal experts in Washington, D.C., Harvard Staff and Faculty, former State Department officials, Georgetown University Professors, NASA scientists, Federal Law Enforcement Officers, and more.
Over the course of 18 months, these mentors work with students to help navigate the way to their future colleges and careers.
Students receive the perceptive, wisdom, and life advice from these highly successful mentors to aid in their transition to college and their career beyond.
Career Mentorship Program
Leadership Initiatives has worked with high school seniors and current undergraduates to apply for scholarships for over two decades. Seniors who utilize our scholarship assistance program to apply for 12 scholarships, that we approve and professionally edit have a 32.17% chance of receiving a scholarship of at least $500 up to $62,000.
In 2019, Leadership Initiatives scholarship assistance program helped students to receive over $4.8 million dollars in financial aid for all four years of college.
Program participants received Merit Based Full Scholarships For:
UNC Chapel Hill
The University of Chicago (through a Questbridge Scholarship)
Program participants received additional scholarships for:
Stanford, Columbia, University of Virginia, William & Mary, University of Michigan, George Washington University, Northwestern University, Georgetown University, American University, and many more!
Scholarship Application Assistance
Current college students know first hand the best and worst qualities of their respective university, as well as the time-consuming and often stressful application process. Leadership Initiatives pairs summer program students with current college students from the school of their choice to get the most personal and authentic image of their dream school.
Students will have one-on-one calls with their college mentor to answer any questions, discuss the qualities of the college, and receive advice on the application process. LI has past students and current interns at the nations top colleges, as well as access to students at nearly every US college. These calls act as an exceptional resource during the college-decision period of every student’s life.
Summer program students also have the opportunity to network with past participants, who attend the nation's foremost universities, received internships at the UN, with US congressional officials, and many leading businesses nationwide.
These leaders will share the steps they took to achieve these goals and offer advice for your own personal journey into the university and career of your choosing.
College Student Mentorship Program