Aspen Youth Leadership Institute

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(AYLI) pronounced “alley” 

Every single person must, at the very least, learn how to lead themselves. Our aim is to center our instruction for both children and adults alike, growing self sufficiency, self management, self discipline, and self efficacy. Upon achievement of a higher sense of self mastery, we can then focus outward, contributing our leadership in a way that creates capacity for others. Rooted in universal principles dating back to the earliest of thinkers, the Aspen Youth Leadership Institute content proves relevant to participants of every age and walk of life. Providing a comprehensive and sequenced daily curriculum, AYLI embodies an innovative vision that challenges the constraints of traditional education, preparing students to change the world. 

The Aspen Youth Leadership Institute (AYLI) is the first of its kind, and the only Pre-K through 8th grade school-based program in the nation that is explicitly devoted to the development of emotional and social intelligence as well as community and civic leadership. Daily leadership classes focus on the development of concepts and skills in the following categories:

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


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Tenets of the Curriculum relate to the Aspen Academy values:

  • Lead Yourself: Self Awareness and Emotional Intelligence
  • Be Curious: Social Intelligence
  • Take Responsibility: Work Ethic and Personal Accountability
  • Celebrate Diversity: Global Citizenship
  • Be the Difference: Service
  • Leave Your Mark 

Katie Becker

Aspen Youth Leadership Institute & Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute Director

Jennifer Gravlee

Aspen Youth Leadership Institute & Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute Coach

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We're available to provide engaging and actionable tips for parents from workplace lunch and learns and Mom's groups, to community groups and more! Sample topics include:

Teaching Leadership to 4-Year Olds
Studies show the increasing need for leadership of self to begin at even earlier ages to foster resilience and positive and productive approaches to the world. Learn strategies for supporting your child!

Building Resilient Teens: How Focus on Character & Leadership Development Supports Students and Brings Out Their Best
Tweens and Teens suffer from increasing depression and anxiety. Learn productive ways to respond to your child and foster resilience as a positive and productive response to challenges.

Values Aligned: Creating Your Day to Day Life to Reflect What You Value
With constant demands on our time, we often overlook our values and prioritize on the urgent vs. the important. Learn how strategies to create space for more of your values in your daily life.

Power of Optimism and Positivity in Your Home or Workplace
Maintaining a positive outlook can add years to your life. Learn about research in positive psychology and it’s impact on our day-to-day approach to living longer and with more optimism.

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The Simple Guide to Teaching Life Skills

Over the years we have embarked on the process of explicit teaching of concepts that are often assumed to be “absorbed” in the context of home or school. Concepts including: attitude, emotions, responsibility, listening, etc. In today’s world, we cannot assume that these skills naturally develop -- we have to teach them.

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Building The Curiosity Muscle By Asking Questions

This month, Aspen Academy celebrates our one rule, "Be Kind" with a series of weeklong challenges. This week, our theme is "Kindness and Curiosity" and students are challenged to ask three questions in conversations to learn to be more genuinely curious. 

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4 Reasons to Teach Leadership to 4 Year Olds

Leadership is often misunderstood. We frequently associate the word leader with the person at the front of the room, commanding everyone else’s attention. But with a shift in paradigm, we might recognize that leadership simply begins with the capacity to lead one’s self.

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