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The curriculum includes the study of the U.S. Constitution, free enterprise, leadership theory and application, and many other interesting topics. Students are given the opportunity to interact with instructors and peers. Evening social activities are planned and chaperoned Students eat in the University dining room and live in the student dorms. Small group discussions, debates, skits, etc., are the means for student interactions. Teachers don’t lecture, they present interesting discussion topics about relevant Constitutional issues for small group activities. Everyone participates and has fun learning with their peers. We encourage all AZYLC graduates to include this leadership conference in their resumes to colleges and universities.

Objectives of the AZYLC

  • Identify the basic elements of leadership needed in the maintenance of a free country.
  • Identify the basic concepts of the free enterprise system and the foundation upon which this great nation was built.
  • Develop an appreciation for the Constitution as the significant foundation of our country.
  • Develop an awareness of the responsibilities of every citizen toward the perpetuation of our rights and freedoms.
  • Develop leadership skills to enable students to become better citizens and the future leaders of our country.

Approval by NASSP

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has approved this program for the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities.

Example of Conference Agenda
(times and order will change for final conference agenda)

Day 1 Tuesday Focus: Teambuilding
10:00 Student registration and room assignments. Team meetings. Administration Familiarization
12:00 Lunch Individual (Groups)
1:00 Opening Ceremony Class/Lecture
2:00 Ice Breakers Ice Breakers
3:10 Communications Lecture/Group Activity
4:45 Constitutional Issues Assignment Lecture/Pract. Exer.
5:30 Dinner
6:15 Retreat Ceremony Activity
6:45 Declaration of Independence Lecture/Group Activity
7:15 Building of the Flag (Flag Folding Ceremony) Demonstration
8:00 Ice Cream Social Group Activity
9:00 Teambuilding Group Activity
10:00 Group Time – Remain in Student Union Group Meeting
10:30 Lights Out/Bed Check Individual
Day 2 Wednesday Focus: Leadership
6:00 Wake Up Call Individual
6:15 Roll Call / Assembly Team
7:00 Flag Raising Ceremony – Meditation Activity
7:15 Breakfast
8:00 Introduction to Leadership Lecture/Group Activity
9:30 Responsible Citizenship Group Activity
12:00 Noon Lunch
1:00 Writing Exercise Group Activity
2:30 Leadership and Your Potential Lecture/Prac. Ex
4:30 Class Photo/Group Constitutional Issue Prep Group
5:30 Retreat Ceremony Activity
6:00 Dinner
7:30 Leadership Reaction Course Class/Lecture
10:30 Lights Out/Bed Check Individual
Day 3 Thursday Focus: Constitution
6:00 Wake Up Call Individual
6:15 Roll Call / Assembly Team
7:00 Flag Raising Ceremony – Meditation Activity
7:15 Breakfast
8:00 Living Freedom Seminar Lecture/Pract. Exer.
10:00 Revolution, Articles of Confederation, Historical Lead up to Constitution / Intro to Constitutional Convention, Parlimentary Procedure Lecture/Grp Activity
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Constitutional Convention Group Activity
3:00 Constitutional Issues Group Activity
4:00 Constitutional Issues Debate Group Activity
5:30 Dinner
6:30 Retreat Ceremony Activity
7:00 Lifeforce Overcoming Obstacles Class/Lecture
8:00 Veterans Seminar Social
9:30 Group Time Group/Individuals
10:30 Lights Out/Bed Check Individual
Day 4 Friday Focus: Free Enterprise
6:00 Wake Up Call Individual
6:15 Roll Call / Assembly Group
7:00 Flag Raising Ceremony – Meditation Activity
7:15 Breakfast
8:00 Three Branches of Government Lecture/Pract. Exer.
9:00 Supreme Court Trial Lecture/Pract. Exer.
12 Noon Lunch
1:00 Free Enterprise Group Activity
4:00 Leadership Senarios/Skits Group Activity
5:30 Dinner
6:15 Retreat Ceremony Activity
6:45 Leadership Exercise & Group Presentations Group Activity
9:00 Flag Retirement Ceremony Group Activity
9:30 Social Activity – T-Shirt Signing Group Activity
10:40 Group Time Group/Individuals
11:00 Lights Out/Bed Check Individual
Departure Saturday Focus: Wrap-up
6:15 Wake Up Call Individual
6:30 Pack Bags & Clean Rooms Individual
7:00 Breakfast
8:00 Goal Setting Class
9:30 Conference Critique / Final Presentation Class/Activity
10:30 Students dress for awards ceremony Individual
11:30 Awards Luncheon (see dress code)
1:30 Room Checks Individual
2:30 Students check in room keys and depart Individual