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Summer Leadership Academy: 2017 Report

The Leadership Society of Arizona (LSA) is a federal 501(c)3 non-profit leadership education organization. The fundamental idea behind the summer leadership academy is simple: if we want to change the world, we must first be the change ourselves.

LSA employs an industry-tested, no-influence leadership model sourced from 25 years of professional and academic research at Arizona State University. The model  on over 1,900 projects delivering $6.8B worth of services in 9 countries and 43 states, with a 98% customer satisfaction rating. It is also the most licensed technology out of ASU (54 licenses). This model has been taught to over 1,600 college students over the last 7 years with a satisfaction rating 96%. LSA adapted this model for high school students and has taught over 500 students in 4 years with a satisfaction rating of 96%. Students who understand this model can learn new concepts 10 times faster. Using this model, LSA shows students how to enact simple changes in their daily lives to cultivate life-long leadership skills proven to make individuals more successful.

Summer Program Summary

The Logic and Leadership summer program is a fun, interactive and discussion based week-long course (20 hours) that teaches high school students how to be more effective leaders and plan for their futures. During the week, students learn a new framework to solving their problems. This approach replaces the complexity of technical and detailed information, with the simplicity of natural laws and logic (compiled from the world’s greatest minds: Socrates, Einstein, Bruce Lee, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and many more). To help make this program possible, Frito-Lay donated over 500 snack products.


Students pose with their snacks donated by Frito-Lay at ASU West Campus

The summer program consists of four days and one closing ceremony:

  • Day 1: Understanding Natural Laws – how to set goals and change.
  • Day 2: Common Practices of Successful People – how to form good habits.
  • Day 3: The No-Influence Model – how to improve relationships.
  • Day 4: Alignment Leadership – how to leverage the strengths of others.
  • Day 5: Closing Ceremony.

List of Programssummer

In 2017, LSA hosted 5 summer programs [143 students] at the following locations:

  1. South Mountain High School [5/26-5/31]
  2. North High School [6/5-6/9]
  3. ASU Main Campus [6/19-6/23]
  4. Westwood High School [7/10-7/14]
  5. ASU West Campus [7/17-7/21]


We measured the success of our programs by the impact on the students. They completed a satisfaction and comprehension survey before and after the program. The results are in Table 1.

Table 1: Student Satisfaction Survey Results

Performance Criteria Metrics
Number of students educated 143
Student Satisfaction rating of the program 93%
Student satisfaction rating of the instructors 98%
Parent satisfaction rating of the program 96%
Percent of students who felt the program has helped them improve 95%
Percent of students who would recommend this program to others 96%
Percent of students who felt less stressed 58%
Percent of students who felt their leadership ability improve 46%


The program participants came from very diverse backgrounds. Some students were struggling in their classes, while others were in gifted programs. Students came from all over the Phoenix Valley, and several from out of state. While each student faced unique challenges in life, the program helped empower them to overcome their challenges. Some of the success stories are as follows:

  • Student 1 spoke English as a second language and did not like talking to others. After the program, she decided to start trying to talk to more people.
  • Student 2 was frequently bullied at school. At the end of the program, she stated that she realized bullying should not have the power to affect her. She can be happy even if the people around her are not nice. She realized her own self-worth.
  • Student 3 was having behavioral issues in school. His parents wanted to send him to military school. By participating in the program, he gained the courage to speak to his parents. After attending the closing ceremony, his father realized that he was being too controlling which led his son to act out.

“This program has been life changing for [my daughter] and I’m so glad we found LSA!” –Parent

“This is the best summer program that I’ve ever been a part of.” –Student

Read what students and parents are saying HERE.


This is the second year that LSA has been able to host the high school summer program. In just one year, LSA has tripled its number of programs and greatly increased its outreach to students across the Phoenix Valley.  LSA will host 6+ local workshops, partner with 8 different high schools, and host over 6 more summer programs, over the next year.

Program Sponsors

To help make this program possible, LSA received support and donations from individuals and organizations across the Phoenix Valley. These different organizations provided monetary donations, facility support, in-kind donations, and supported LSA through various marketing efforts. The largest single donation came from PepsiCo in the form of 500 bags of Frito-Lay snacks and over 700 bottles of Gatorade. LSA graciously thanks each of the organizations below for their continued dedication to improving the education of students in Arizona.


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Philosophy Makes Students Smarter in Math and English

Many parents have the perception that philosophy does not improve their student’s education. However, philosophy courses may actually help students to improve in their courses in a far greater manner than any would suppose. A case study by the Endowment Education Foundation had the following characteristics:

  • Controlled test on the effectiveness of philosophy
  • Nine- and Ten-year-old children
  • Test comprised of more than 3,000 kids in 48 schools across England
  • Classes were for 40-minutes, once a week for a year
  • Twenty-two schools acted as a control group, while students at the other 26 took the philosophy class

The Topics Discussed:

  • Concepts such as truth, justice, friendship, and knowledge, with time carved out for silent reflection, question making, question airing, and building on one another’s thoughts and ideas.

Results in Academics:

  • Increased math and reading scores by the equivalent of 2 extra months of teaching
  • Children from disadvantaged backgrounds saw an even bigger leap in performance: reading skills increased by four months, math by three months, and writing by two months
  • Teachers also reported a beneficial impact on students’ confidence and ability to listen to others
  • The beneficial effects of the philosophy course lasted for two years
  • Even though the course was not designed to improve literacy or numeracy, the intervention group continued to outperform the control group long after the classes had finished

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A Philosophy Course For Your High School Student

Similarly, Leadership Society of Arizona teaches a unique leadership philosophy in its course. This philosophy is based off 24-years of research at Arizona State University. This course teaches students a way to learn 5x quicker, how to decrease worry and stress, and a structure that enables them to “know everything without knowing anything”. Consequently, the leadership methodology helps students to develop the mind of an experienced leader at an early age. The course helps students break down complexity by using logic and natural laws to identify and solve issues.

What is Taught?

The course teaches simple natural laws that that will enable students to simplify complexity and understand “the why” with minimal amounts of information. Furthermore, the course material comes from history’s visionaries, including Socrates, Einstein, and Deming. Through discussion, debate, presentations and written assignments, students will learn natural laws that will help them quickly understand people, life, social issues, and themselves.

The main Natural Laws and Logic learned in this course are as follows:

  1. Cause and Effect
  2. Natural Laws do not have exceptions
  3. Everything that you go through is connected to you.
  4. No-influence
  5. No one knows everything.
  6. Extremes simplify life.
  7. Leadership is aligning resources

Students that have taken LSA’s courses have made lasting changes to their lives, while also improving their academics. As students are less stressed and take more accountability for their lives, they will produce better results in the classroom as shown here and here.

Leadership Society of Arizona Is For All Students

Leadership Society of Arizona works with all students to increase their productivity, to develop their problem-solving skills and to expand on the knowledge that they already have. Catering to the student needs, LSA focuses on coaching students to become successful in all facets of their lives. Sign up for one of our 2017 summer programs here, and if you have any questions, feel free to call Joseph Kashiwagi at 480-313-4488 or email at joseph.k@old.leadaz.org.

Tiger Moms and Summer Camp Kids

My Mom

Each day, there is a second that we can use or waste. Especially during childhood when children are going through their formative years, parents must be there to instill good habits and traditions that are meant to last through to adulthood. After giving up working life to raise my brother and I, my mother became a “Tiger Mom”. A “Tiger Mom” is one of the most loving, yet competitive mothers around. Her children have to be the best children, which meant tireless coordination, carpooling and time management. Like the author of the book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, my mom also saw “childhood as a training period, a time to build character and invest for the future”. A moment was not to be wasted.

Overachieving Parents across the World

My mom was not the first mom to think that she could rear a child to become the very best child. Parents across the world have higher and higher expectations of their children’s capabilities. The Gaokao, China’s grueling college entrance exam is taken by 9.4 million students each year (NY Times, 2016). Yutian Chen, ASU international student from China said, “No parent in China wants their child to fail that exam. The students that do not pass are not able to be admitted to a college, and will be unable to be employed by higher paying jobs and will be a disgrace to their family”. Most of Asia has a similar entrance exam.

In India, students will take as much as 22 board or college entrance exams before they enter college. Parents try to prepare their students to be successful. “We have to keep them under pressure,” said one mother, Jaya Samaddar, whose daughter is studying for the Indian national exams administered in the 10th grade. “We have no other choice”. (NY Times, 2010)

The Idea of Changing a Child into Something They Aren’t

Each year, parents apply more and more stress, anxiety and pressure to attempt to change their students to become the next Jack Ma, Warren Buffet, or Bill Gates. But what if the student just doesn’t have the capacity to think like a CEO? What if they don’t have the hands to become the most successful neurosurgeon in the world? And even if they are capable, what if the student absolutely hates what they are doing?

asian-stressedDespite all of the stress, most students do not know who they are, and do not know where they are going. The New York Times quoted, “At Penn State, 80 percent of freshmen — even those who have declared a major — say they are uncertain about their major, and half will change their minds after they declare, sometimes more than once” (NY Times, 2012). This uncertainty is manifested in other forms as well.

One of the most common ailments for students is depression. Students, confused about who they are and what they are doing, do not understand their place in the world. If they cannot be in the top 10% of their class, pass a test, or are doing more than a certain number of other students, they feel disheartened and like a failure. This has also led to a high rate of suicide among college students (NCHA, 2015). In Asia, some students who do not pass the college entrance exam have been so ashamed that they take their own lives.

The Real Issue

The principle that we forget is that every person is unique. No two people can be at the same place at the same time. Looking at people and even twins, there are different perspectives on life, and thus there will be different outcomes, despite having the same type of genetic makeup. Every individual’s experiences will be different than any other person’s experiences. Knowing this information, we can understand that no person’s path to success is going to be the same.

Some of the most successful businessmen in the world were great students and Brainiacs. However, the overlooked fact is there are many successful executives in the world that were terrible students including many U.S. presidents, Mark Zuckerburg, Steve Jobs, John D. Rockefeller and Bill Gates (Inc.com, 2016). Grades, GPAs and standardized test scores measure the ability to answer questions and repeat it. Google’s VP of People Operations states, “From data crunching, we see G.P.A.’s and test scores are worthless as a criteria for hiring.” (Daily Caller, 2016).

The Technical Format of Most Summer Programs

Summer programs have a week to teach participants as much as they can. The “Tiger Mothers” of today are considering summer programs to get their students ahead on their college applications. The summer camps traditionally make sure to pack in as many details as possible. I attended 4 to 7 summer camps every year from 1st grade to 12th grade. Some of the camps that I attended as a child were space camp, engineering and robotics camp, computer programming camp, archaeology camp, and ACT/SAT camps. Each camp that I attended, I’d learn and cram in the details of each profession/skillset for one week. A month after the camp, I would forget everything I learned. The idea behind this traditional summer camp is the belief that by teaching students the details of a profession, they would be successful.

The High Level Format of LSA

The Leadership Society of Arizona (LSA) is a program that is based on an industry logic. It has been tested over 1900 times, delivering $6.8B of services with a 98% customer satisfaction rating over the last 23 years. This logic is broken down and simplified to teach students and professionals alike how to understand who they are. In the format of a summer camp, after-school programs and semester long programs, LSA has found staggering results (See http://old.leadaz.org/about/). LSA has found that as students understand who they are, they are more productive, less stressed and more successful.

Case Study at Mountain Pointe High School

LSA ran a pilot summer camp hosted at Mountain Pointe High School in July 2016. The 25 students came from across Maricopa county. When taking a straw poll at the beginning of the class, LSA discovered more than 75% of the students were forced or signed up to attend by their parents. Some dedicated parents drove their students two hours to attend the program and two hours to get back home. Despite the poor reception initially, by day 2, students began to open up to discussions about themselves. LSA brought in college counselors to talk about different non-college options that were available. The results were astounding:


Student Feedback Metrics   Parent Feedback Metrics
 Number of Students 25 Number of Parents 26
 Overall Program Rating 9.3 / 10 Overall Program Rating 9.8 / 10
“This program will help me in school” 98% “I witnessed positive changes in my child throughout the week” 88%
“I feel less stressed” 71%
“I feel more confident about my future” 62%
“I now believe that I control my life” 62% “I would like to sign my child up for more LSA Courses” 92%
“I would like to take more LSA courses” 100%

“[My son] had a phenomenal learning experience. We could see a real change in his attitude, confidence and how he conducts himself.” – Parent of HS Senior

“[The program] was helpful. I went in as a punishment, but I am glad I came.” –  HS Junior

By helping students to understand who they are and their value, students will better understand life and their future. Subscribe to our email newsletter for more information.