EmpowerMEnt® Leadership Institute with UVA Darden School of Business

For high school members, grades 9-12.

The House Student Leadership Center's EmpowerMEnt® Leadership Institute with The University of Virginia Darden School of Business, combines the Center’s leadership principles and training with Darden’s essential business disciplines into an elective program after school for students at the Center and in Summit residencies at The University of Virginia.

The curriculum being tailored to the modern leader, students are introduced to new ways of thinking and problem solving with a bias toward action to boost their personal leadership action plan.  Upon completion of the modules, student members receive Certificates backed by the EmpowerMEnt® curricula partnership with UVA Darden.  

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2018 –19 Application & Program Details


Build your leadership credentials for your profile in a timely way.  Our certificate program allows you to become credentialed in leadership specialties with a curriculum tailored to you after school at the Center. Upon completion of the modules, you will receive a Certificate backed by the EmpowerMEnt® curricula partnership with University of Virginia (UVA) Darden School of Business.


The 2018-19 EmpowerMEnt Leadership Institute schedule, which spans two semesters, meets after school on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30pm at The House Student Leadership Center.  It includes participation in two residencies which vary in length from one to two days.  Alternate schedules are available with flex days and condensed weekend options for your ideal schedule.  You may access the Center through your assigned school bus route or by personal transportation. 

Program Schedule*:
Module 1: October 24 and 31; November 7 and 14, 2018
     Residency 1:  November 10, 2018, Charlottesville, VA
Module 2: December 5 and 12, 2018;  January 9, 16, and 23, 2019
Module 3: February 13, 20, and 27; March 6 and 13, 2019
Module 4: March 27, April 10, 24, and May 1, 2019
     Residency 2: April 5-6, 2019, Washington DC and Charlottesville, VA
EmpowerMEnt® Graduation:  May 10, 2019, The House Student Leadership Center, Woodbridge, VA
*All program schedule dates are subject to change.


  • Applications are open to students in grade levels 9, 10, 11, 12.
  • Good humans. Members of the cohort will bring strong personal values.  EmpowerMEnt Leadership Institute candidates will build an authentic, inclusive, and collaborative community that provides lasting values to include new and varied voices.
  • We encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply for this opportunity.
  • Can you commit to the EmpowerMEnt Leadership Institute certificate program from October 2018 – May 2019?
    If you answer “No, I cannot commit” to this question, you are not eligible.


Keep it brief and real.  Don’t be afraid to brag.  We’ve kept the application fields short in order to encourage straightforward and authentic answers.  Be confident and remember: You’ve got this!


How do I submit my application?  Applications should be submitted by email at empowerMEnt@thehouse-inc.com.  Prior permission is required for applications to be submitted on paper or by other means.  Include in the subject line: 2018 EmpowerMEnt Leadership Institute

What is the timeline for the 2018-19 EmpowerMEnt selection?  Applications open at 10am Eastern Time on Thursday, August 30, 2018 and close at 11:59pm on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

When will the 2018-19 EmpowerMEnt class be announced?  We will announce the next cohort by email on Saturday, October 13, 2018.  Once a student is accepted into the program, parent/student orientation and program fees are required to reserve a position in the program.

If I am not chosen, can I apply again during a future round?  Absolutely! We’d be happy to review later applications from applicants.

I have another question not answered here.  How can I ask it?  Send us a note!  Write us at empowerMEnt@thehouse-inc.com.


  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • All submissions should be in English. If an applicant is unable to complete the application in English, please contact The House Student Leadership Center for assistance.
  • Applications are subject to additional, research, reference checks, and vetting.
  • The EmpowerMEnt Leadership Institute high school leadership certificate course program with UVA Darden School of Business program fee is $800 tuition and $200 residency fees. Payments schedules are available.
  • At its sole discretion, The House Student Leadership Center shall select which applicants advance in the EmpowerMEnt® Leadership Institute selection process.

APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT empowerMEnt@thehouse-inc.com