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Life and Leadership Concepts and Skills

  • Be proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Put first things first
  • Think win-win
  • Seek first to understand then to be understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the saw

Character Concepts and Skills

  • Worth and potential
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Fairness and justice
  • Care and consideration
  • Effort and excellence
  • Social responsibility
  • Personal integrity

Life and Leadership Concepts and Skills

  • Self esteem
  • Decision making
  • Smoking information
  • Stress
  • Social skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Emotional intelligence


"7 Habits of Highly Effective People", Stephen Covey
"AEGIS The Character Education Company", produced and published by The Institute for Research and Evaluation
"Life Skills Training Promoting Health and Personal Development", Gilbert J Botvin PhD, Cornell University Medical College

8th Grade Leadership

EPIC, is the culmination, integration, and application of the values, mission and vision of Aspen Academy, the Aspen Youth Leadership Institute (AYLI) , Bears Student Enterprises (BSE), and the Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute (AEI). This 8th grade capstone course launches students into a successful high school career and then onto an extraordinary adult life. Personal, social, civic, philanthropic, business, and entrepreneurial development is the aim of this rigorous, dynamic and exciting program.

Aspen Academy, an independent and nationally acclaimed Pre-K through 8th Grade school of innovation was founded in 2005. BSE was founded in 2008 followed by the AYLI. AEI was launched the fall of 2014.

AYLI has developed a comprehensive and sequenced leadership curriculum and program designed to help re-establish a culture of effective personal and community leadership in America's youth. It offers daily leadership classes that focus on the development of concepts and skills in the following categories:

  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Intra and Interpersonal Awareness
  • Character
  • Leadership

BSE is our innovative program in which 8th grade students operate all ancillary businesses on campus including:

Bear's Store: The in-school store stocks a variety of spirit and school related merchandise

Bear's Cafe: The cafe serves food and beverages to the community for events.

Bear's Broadcasting Network: This network produces bi-weekly newscasts, infomercials, and news magazine segments.

AEI is the first of its kind curriculum that develops personal financial literacy, business financial literacy, and entrepreneurship in students Pre-Kindergarten - 8th Grade. The program seeks to create mastery of understanding as well as to establish financial management habits and skills. The program further seeks to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, vision, and practice in each of its students.