Join Us From June 20–26, 2021

Leap: Leadership 101 will jump start your college experience by spending the week with high school leaders from across the country. Through use of the Social Change Model, you will participate in both indoor and outdoor leadership, service, and social activities to discover your strengths, leadership style, ability to manage conflict and more to propel you into college-level leadership. You will gain hands-on experience by participating in a small group case study to demonstrate your individual and collective leadership skills. 

Students entering grades 10-12 are invited to register.

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Highlights of the week: 

  • Learn about and practice the Social Change Model which focuses on providing guidance in enacting positive change within one's community through understanding of self and the role one plays in their greater 
  • Completion of leadership inventories and knowledge of how to apply skills to social change.
  • Building connections to fellow students who are passionate about enacting positive change in their 
  • Participate in service-based activities within surrounding 
  • Trip to regional metropolitan area to witness examples of social 
  • Create and present a vision and action plan of social 
  • Experience life in college residence halls and three meals a day in Evert Dining Room.
  • Attend daily workshops lead by SU professional 
  • Spend an evening at the famous, world renowned KnoebelsAmusement Park. 
  • Unwind with participants of Leap during pizza parties, an outdoor movie, and a pool party.

The $875 Comprehensive fee includes room, meals and all program materials.

  • Must be registered by June 4


Scholarships are available based on financial need and academic performance. No full-tuition scholarships are available.

A letter from your guidance counselor, indicating your eligibility for free/reduced lunch or other measure(s) of financial need, is required for scholarship consideration.


All registrations must be submitted no later than June 4.

All supporting documentation must be received prior to your arrival on campus.

Co-Director: Jill Franklin 

Jill Franklin, M. Ed. is the Interim Director of Leadership and Engagement at Susquehanna University, where she advises leadership programs, fraternity and sorority life and student programming. Jill has proudly been involved with various leadership programs and projects throughout her life. Jill obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Bloomsburg University. Jill has experience with event planning and management, fraternity and sorority life, living and learning communities, programming council, and advising. Jill holds volunteer positions within the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors, the Northeast Greek Leadership Association, and is involved in the local Selinsgrove community.  


Co-Director: Danielle Cartwright 

Danielle Cartwright, M.S. works as a Case Manager for the Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response at Penn State University.  Danielle started her higher education leadership journey as a resident assistant, as well as a member of multiple clubs and organizations on her undergraduate campus.  In her time in higher education, Danielle has attended various conferences, workshops, and trainings as a means to build upon her leadership skills and identify opportunities for professional growth.  Danielle has also had the opportunity to present at conferences and make connections with other leaders and professionals in the field of higher education.  Danielle received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs, both from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. 

With recent faster-spreading variants — especially those more severely affecting young adults and children — Susquehanna University instituted vaccination protocols for the health and safety of its students, faculty, staff and guests.

  • All students residing on campus over the summer, including high school students who participate in pre-college programs, must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by the time they arrive on campus. Fully vaccinated is defined as at least two weeks after the final dose.
    • The minimum age for getting vaccinated is determined by each COVID-19 vaccine. For the list of approved vaccinations and their age indications and schedule, visit this CDC page.
  • A copy of the student’s COVID-19 vaccination card must be submitted with the required medical form (accessible from each program page).

If you have questions regarding the summer vaccination requirement, email Michelle Harman at or call 570-372-4451.

*Participant safety is our highest priority. Susquehanna University reserves the right to cancel Summer Pre-College Programs if necessary in order to comply with local, state, and federal guidelines and recommendations.

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