The National Society of Leadership and Success
Building leaders who make a better world

Our programs make a positive impact...

...through service and community development work
...that develops next century leadership skills
...by teaching towards resilience, creative problem-solving, and empathy

The National Society of Leadership and Success programs utilize curriculum and program components based on a leadership framework education. The desired outcomes of our programs and the elements used to achieve them are aligned together. NSLS works with outside evaluators, consultants, and educators or students to design and administer our program evaluation, which is also aligned with the NSLS Leadership framework and the desired student learning outcomes.

In addition to an assessment administered at the end of each program, NSLS sends out a survey after program participation to track the longer-term impact of programs on participants. Some specific groups of participants are tracked for longer to evaluate behaviors and attitudes far into the future. The ability to use data to show impact, and to improve programming as needed, is a top priority for NSLS.

CORE PURPOSE AND SELF-INITIATIVE

Program Components

Explore and identify interests, passions, and potential; Explore leadership issues; Identify role models; Find inspiration; Explore possible careers; Create a vision for how to live with purpose; Increase awareness of self.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Self-aware
  • Strong self-identity
  • Interested/passionate
  • Cares about issues greater than one’s self
  • Has role models
  • Aware of career and education paths
  • Feels multiple paths are possible
  • Is inspired to reach potential

NSLS Evaluation Items

I know how to take the first step towards reaching my potential.
I have a clear vision of who I am. 
I have a vision that I am passionate about. 

CONFIDENCE & TENACITY

Program Components

Engage in activities out of one’s comfort zone in  an environment of safety and trust; Create a  goal and pledge to fulfill it; Be exposed to  physical and thinking activities & challenges;  Use coping strategies; Work through tough  problems; Practice positive thinking; Adapt to new situations. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Confident
  • Self-efficacy
  • Moves out of comfort zone  readily
  • Takes on new challenges
  • Sets goals and strives to reach  them
  • Physically active
  • Uses coping strategies
  • Adaptable
  • Works through challenges
  • Resilient
  • Optimistic about the ability to  be successful

NSLS Evaluation Items

I want to grow as a person.
I want to reach for my potential.
It is essential to reach for my goals continually.
It is important to get outside my comfort zone.
I have a positive attitude when faced with challenges.
I understand what it means to harness adversity.

CRITICAL & CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING 

Program Components

Collaborate on a team; Form positive connections with adults and peers; Be responsible for oneself and to each other; Gain awareness of interdependence and global issues Connect with place and nature; Consider  multiple perspectives; Connect with different cultures; Persevere to solve challenges through various strategies; Create innovative solutions; Think critically about solutions; Contribute to  global issues solutions.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Collaborative
  • Values connections with  others
  • Values being part of a team
  • Positive relationships with adults
  • Positive relationships with peers
  • Aware of interdependence
  • Link to place and nature
  • Globally Aware
  • Critical thinker
  • Perseveres through problems
  • Innovative/Creative
  • Problem solver 

NSLS Evaluation Items

I see value in working with others.
I feel it is essential to be connected with people.
Being part of a team makes me a stronger individual.
I can focus on solutions rather than problems.
I know how to solve problems creatively.
When faced with an obstacle, I find creative ways to overcome it. 

MAKING AN IMPACT

Program Components

Stop to reflect throughout experiences; Analyze interconnections, and how the parts make up the whole; Consider the positive effects of challenges; Reflect on learning and inspirations; Plan next steps; Engage in authentic service; Take on leadership roles; Gain awareness of global issues and invest in solutions; Storytelling.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Reflective
  • Intentional
  • Inspired
  • Has a plan (e.g., for the  future, or next steps)
  • Takes action as a leader
  • Engages in service to others
  • Responsible
  • Wants to have a positive  impact on the world
  • Aware of global issues and  invested in solving them
  • Has a community role or roles

NSLS Evaluation Items

It is important to me that I learn from my experiences.
I reflect on my experiences to grow.
I can identify specific things I have learned as a result of my experiences.
I know how to use the lessons I learn in life.
I want to make a difference.
I have a responsibility to contribute to something bigger than myself.
I want to create a positive impact on the world around me.