Young Leaders Program

The IWA Young Leaders Program includes an innovative curriculum focused on character and leadership development, critical life skills, and applications in business and personal finance.  Incarnate Word Academy is one of the only schools in the country to offer its students a concentration in leadership studies.  All courses are adapted from leading universities and leadership programs.  

The Young Leaders Concentration Core Courses

  • Leading with Character:  A requirement of all IWA students, this unique course compels students to identify, reflect upon, and articulate their strengths, passions, and values.  On their journey to becoming Authentic, Bold Servant leaders, students will learn to manage their time, live with integrity, embrace and practice empathy, and learn how to lean into fear.
  • Leading with Service:  Based on the landmark work of Pozner/Kouzes (Santa Clara University), this leadership practices course culminates in the creation of a group Social Change Thesis Project applying the theories learned throughout the semester on a social justice issue in the community.
  • Leading with Business:  In collaboration with The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, this course requires that the class create a formal business plan, launch and grow the business, and donate the profits to a worthy cause. Modules include Idea Generation, Branding and Marketing, Pricing Strategies, Operations and Value Chain Management and Financial and Cost Accounting.  
  • Leading with Personal Finance:  This comprehensive course in financial literacy uses concepts from Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University and activities from NextGen Personal Finance. The course provides an in-depth review of banking, investing, budgeting, student and consumer debt, insurance products, and taxes.  The leadership principles of humility, self-control, and courage help our graduates to prioritize their lives around early savings and debt avoidance.