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The After-School Ethics and Leadership Academy

The academy gives promising sixth-grade students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and to learn about ethics every year. During the leadership academy, the students have the opportunity to interact with Jackson Scholars who serve as group discussion leaders. For many students, this is their first experience with college life. A group of students are selected annually by local middle schools to participate in the After-School Ethics Leadership Academy. 

The After-School Ethics Leadership Academy is a tradition that started in 2004 as a summer program. Over time it developed into a spring After-School Ethics and Leadership Academy.


The Spring 2017 academy featured three sessions that focused on various topics related to ethics and sustainability, with the third session featuring a tour of the Coastal Carolina University campus. The 2017 academy was held on January 30, with 100 students from the following middle schools: Aynor, Conway, St James, Ocean Bay, Forestbrook, Whittemore Park, and Black Water Middle. 

2016-2018 Jackson Scholar, Jason Renne comments: 

The kids were very well behaved
and seemed eager to learn about sustainability. As far as my experience, I enjoyed listening to how they were applying what they learned to their everyday lives, influencing both their families and friends.” 
~ Jason Renne Jackson Scholar 2016-2018 

2017-2019 Jackson Scholar, Krystina Millar comments:

I loved the ethics academy because I don't interact with kids much and it gave me a great opportunity to talk about ethics and values, especially regarding sustainability, with kids. I was blown away by how interested and engaged the kids were in learning about how to protect the environment. The ethics academy also helped me recognize some of my shortcomings when it comes to living a sustainable lifestyle." ~Krystina Millar Jackson Scholar 2017-2019 


For more information about the Ethics Academy, or to get involved, please contact Nils Rauhut, director of the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values, at