High School Leadership

Chick-fil-A Leader Academy™ is a national high school leadership program focused on impact through action. The world needs more leaders who impact their local communities, and we believe high school students are the answer!

Energized Engagement Inspires Impact

High school students desire an outlet to learn and lead. Most programs that transfer information with speakers, seminars, or books offer short-term motivation but long-term frustration without an outlet for action. Chick-fil-A Leader Academy engages students in monthly Leader Labs with a focus on important leadership skills that they will use to create student-led Community Impact Projects.


30 selected students participate in monthly Leader Labs using unique CURRICULUM TECHNOLOGY with a faculty leader to gain insight and principles, then involve hundreds in their school and IMPACT THOUSANDS in their community!


Teachers engage students in highly INTERACTIVE CURRICULUM requiring little planning and MINIMUM EFFORT, which takes students on a journey leading to their leadership growth and MAXIMUM RESULTS.


The program is fully-funded through generous sponsorships from local Chick-fil-A Operators, Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Coca-Cola to offset the annual $4,000 per school tuition.

Stories of Impact

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Our Approach


We engage students where they are with what interests them. Through a combination of inspiring storytelling and technology, we create compelling ways for students to re-imagine leadership and what is possible.


We expose students to new and unique ideas and insights. Positive stories of impact are all around us. We bring these stories to light through monthly Leader Labs that highlight inspirational and informational ways to make a difference.


We equip students with tangible tools for their leadership journey. Ideas demand action and we know our students have the ability to change the world. Our approach helps put students' ideas into practice to positively impact their local communities.

Servant Leadership

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
John Quincy Adams

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people served though impact projects

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"The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."
Steve Jobs

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Leader Lab 4 Insight

Unbridled Enthusiasm

"You can succeed at almost anything for which you have unbridled enthusiasm."
Zig Ziglar

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Successful Failures

"Success is not final…Failure is not fatal... it’s the courage to continue that counts."
Winston Churchill

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"Dream up the kind of world you want to live in. Dream out loud."

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Leader Lab 6 Insight

Underdogs & Optimists

"I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."
Christopher Reeve

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of young people are interested in volunteering

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"No goal is too high if we climb with care and confidence."
Truett Cathy

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Stories That Matter

"If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten."
Rudyard Kipling

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"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Leader Lab 5 Insight

WOW Projects

"It’s out there, waiting for you — your Wow Project. All you have to do is find it."
Tom Peters

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"Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world."
Malala Yousafzai

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Leader Lab 6 Insight

Risk Taking

"A ship is always safe at the shore - but that is NOT what it is built for."
Albert Einstein

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of young people with friends who volunteer will also volunteer

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Attempting the Impossible

"It always seems impossible until it's done."
Nelson Mandela

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communities across America involved

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"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
William James

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"What if Michael Jordan had quit? Then we wouldn’t have Space Jam. And I love Space Jam."
Kid President

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Leader Lab 4 Insight

Impact Through Action

"Action speaks louder than words, but not nearly as often."
Mark Twain

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