Tri-County Student Leadership Institute

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The Tri-County High School Leadership Institute is a 6 month leadership program for outstanding high school students ages 16-18. The program combines hands-on education, meaningful service, local accomplished speakers and seminars, and an unforgettable learning experience for a spring semester that students will describe as a “powerful learning experience.”

Our Tri-County Student Leadership Institute will be offered to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from Bedford, Somerset and Cambria Counties. The Institute staff has created an environment that will include instruction emphasizing a leadership development curriculum, participation in experiences that benefit both the community and the students through service. Institute staff is committed to highlighting the importance of community leadership and how it impacts tomorrow’s future

The Tri-County Student Leadership Institute will serve as a type of Saturday Academy, occurring on selected Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the spring semester, with special weekday events interspersed throughout. All sessions will be held at Mount Aloysius College when not engaged in a site visit. The participants will receive instruction on subjects like networking, character building, leadership and management styles and internships.

The Tri-County Leadership Institute is collaboration between the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies and Mount Aloysius College.

Mount Aloysius will create and manage a closed Facebook group for Tri-County Student Leadership Institute participants so that discussions and shared activities can continue outside of the program. Information on Tri-County social media will be distributed at the 1st session in January.



The 1st capstone session will focus on two areas: identifying leadership styles and learning about corporate and social responsibility from a local business leader.

There are many different types of organization cultures and within each culture is a variety of leaders who all have their own unique style. In order to establish successful culture in a school, team or business environment, the participants will learn about their own leadership style and how it contributes to their cultures.


The 2nd capstone will center on exploring the leadership practices with social justice. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with a Somerset County community leader who will share the impact and social justice cases that have the potential to advance communities.


Institute staff have partnered with real estate developers, main street organizations, municipal and civic organizations to gain understanding of the quality of life, family support and civic involvement happening in the region.


Mount Aloysius College Career Services Department will share networking techniques, facilitate in a career interest skills inventory, and discuss regional career and internship opportunities. Participants will work on a case study which will help them identify and understand how certain employers came here, why they stayed here, and how they intend to grow in our area.


Program staff will partner with recreational professionals in the area to gain information on venues, events, activities. Participants will view a performing arts and venues to highlight opportunities in the region for entertainment and social activity outside the office or school.


Institute participants and staff will conduct a site visit to the annual Showcase for Commerce, hosted by JARI. Participants will be required to dress in business attire and engage with exhibitors, utilizing the networking and career interest skills covered in the March session. Transportation logistics will be determined and covered by the College in conjunction with each county/school district of participating students.


Participants will carry out a planned service project in Cambria, Bedford or Somerset County. Participants will be challenged to extend their leadership institute learned skills in their community service project.

Contact Us

Phone: 814-886-6407


Thank you for your interest in the Tri-County Leadership Institute. Please complete the online application today. Applicants will be notified by phone and email of their acceptance into the program. The program is free of charge to our high school students in sophomore, junior and senior grades. Questions? Email Chris Koren at

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