From our 2017 Academy scholar Michelle Marcial: “I was a part of the first cohort of the Prancing Ponies Leadership Abroad Academy. Traveling abroad to begin with is already a big transition and this program will not be easy. However, you will learn a lot about your weaknesses, strengths, fears, discipline, goals, and ultimately perseverance. If I can emphasize anything it would be that this program is not a vacation, nor should you think it is one. You will work harder than you have ever worked before, you will be pushed beyond your limits and it is up to you if you embrace it or refuse to grow. The academy itself has a great mission, creating women leaders one girl at a time, but to make that into a reality it is not just how the academy decides to help make those women leaders but it is also on the girls to already have traits of a leader. If you are mature, hardworking, respectful and open minded to becoming the best who you could be then this might be the program for you.”
WHAT IS PRANCING PONIES LEADERSHIP SUMMER ACADEMY?
The Prancing Ponies Leadership Academy accepts up to 10 girls each summer for 6 weeks to learn life and leadership skills. The Academy accepts applications from girls who are in their 2 or 3 year University program in the US.
The Academy focuses on five fundamental areas of leadership instruction:
- Presentation skills: Creating & giving presentations. Self-brand management. Social media presence.
- Financial: Managing a budget and a P&L statement. Salary negotiation.
- Conflict Management: Using your intuition as a decision-making tool and managing inter-office dynamics.
- Mentoring: Individualizing their learning experience and providing guidance to optimal information integration.
- Language(Abroad Academy Only): Learning and applying basic level of foreign language skills throughout Academy and internship.
The scholar’s first year activity is an intensive Academy and Internship at Prancing Ponies Foundation during the summer. The scholar then has to fulfill requirements to mentor a Prancing Ponies scholar that is a year younger than her and attend events throughout the year. If those requirements are met, then the scholar has an opportunity to apply for the Leadership-Abroad Academy and internship in Europe 2019. After graduation, we support the scholar in applying for employment and working with the company to ensure the scholar receives management/leadership training as quickly as possible after hire.
Housing, stipends, meals, and all materials are supplied to the scholar during the Academy.
We are committed to ‘Creating Women Leaders One Girl at a Time.”
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications for the 2018 Prancing Ponies Foundation Leadership-Summer Academy is now available.
Below are requirements to apply to this year’s Academy.
- Available for the Academy dates of June 25, 2018 – August 3, 2018
- 2nd or 3rd year University girl
The application process will consist of the following phases:
Phase I The application:
a. Written biography and resume (why you are a good fit for the program and what is your plan for optimizing your experience abroad)
b. Two recommendation letters (one from a current teacher and/or program manager and one from your parent/guardian)
c. Academic transcript
d. Financial certification
Phase II Verification/Validation:
Once your application has been reviewed and considered for progression through the process we will verify and validate all information provided including financial status. You may receive additional questions about the information provided during this phase.
Phase III In-Person interview:
All applicants are required to complete an in-person interview for consideration to the Leadership Summer Academy. Applicants will be contacted to meet the Prancing Ponies Interview team for an in-person interview via email.
Phase IV Acceptance/Decline:
All applicants will be informed of their acceptance/decline via email on or before June 16, 2018.
If you’d like to receive updates please email our Leadership Academy team.