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Curriculum

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.

Typical AZYLC Conference Agenda
(times and order may change)

Day 1 Focus: Welcome & Team-building
10:00 Registration – room/team assignment
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Opening Ceremony
2:00 Ice Breakers
3:10 Communications
4:45 Constitutional Issues Assignment
5:30 Dinner
6:15 Retreat ceremony
6:45 Declaration of Independence
7:15 Building of the Flag (Flag Folding Ceremony)
8:00 Ice Cream Social
9:00 Teambuilding
10:00 Group Time – Remain in Student Union
10:30 Lights Out/Bed Check
Day 2 Focus: Leadership
6:00 Wake Up Call
6:15 Roll Call/Assembly
7:00 Flag Raising Ceremony – Meditation
7:15 Breakfast
8:00 Introduction to Leadership
9:30 ASU Pastor Center Advocacy Skills
11:00 Responsible Citizenship
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Writing Exercise
2:30 Leadership & Your Potential
4:30 Class Photo
5:30 Dinner
6:15 Retreat Ceremony
6:45 Leadership Reaction Course
10:30 Lights Out/Bed Check
Day 3 Focus: Constitution
6:00 Wake Up Call
6:15 Roll Call/Assembly
7:00 Flag Raising Ceremony – Meditation
7:15 Breakfast
8:00 Living Freedom Seminar
10:00 Constitutional Convention
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Leadership Life Lessons
2:30 Constitutional Issues
3:30 Constitutional Issues Debate
5:30 Dinner
6:30 Retreat Ceremony
7:00 Lifeforce Overcoming Obstacles
8:00 Veterans Seminar
9:30 Group Time
10:30 Lights Out/Bed Check
Day 4 Focus: Free Enterprise
6:00 Wake Up Call
6:15 Roll Call/Assembly
7:00 Flag Raising Ceremony – Meditation
7:15 Breakfast
8:00 Supreme Court Trial
11:00 Pro Se Courts
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Free Enterprise
4:00 Leadership Scenarios/Skits
5:30 Dinner
6:15 Retreat Ceremony
6:45 Leadership Exercise & Group Presentations
9:00 Flag Retirement Ceremony
9:30 Social Activity – T-Shirt Signing
10:40 Group Time
11:00 Lights Out/Bed Check
Day 5 Focus: Wrap-up & Departure
6:15 Wake Up Call
6:30 Pack Bags & Clean Rooms
7:00 Breakfast
8:00 Goal Setting
9:30 Conference Critique/Final Presentation
10:30 Students Dress for Awards Luncheon
11:30 Awards Luncheon (see dress code)
1:30 Room Checks
2:30 Students check in room keys and depart