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Since 2013, the Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Program has been cultivating high school students, developing them into actively engaged citizens in their communities. After participating in the summer program, former students have gone on to receive such accomplishments as scholarship awards, grant funding for their projects, recognition in school and local newspapers, and leadership roles in various clubs and organizations.

Three main tenets of leadership drive the Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Program: Communication, Optimism, and Informed Decision Making. Lessons have been crafted by the Reagan Foundation’s team of credentialed educators with one goal in mind- to have each student increase their leadership abilities and grow their personal characteristics in these three main tenets. Activities are student-driven, highly engaging, and involve a combination of small group interactions, 1:1 mentoring, and public speaking opportunities.

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The application period for the 2017 Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Program is now closed. To apply to be on our waitlist, please click below.    

Session 1: Monday, June 19 – Friday, June 23, 2017
Session 2: Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30, 2017
Session 3: Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14, 2017
Session 4: Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21, 2017
Session 5: Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28, 2017
Session 6: Monday, July 31 – Friday, August 4, 2017


Monday through Friday, from 9:30AM – 3:30PM


$400.00, with a $25.00 non-refundable application fee. Students accepted into the program will have the application fee applied to the total cost of the program.



An application is required as well as a recommendation from a teacher/counselor/principal.


The program is held on-site at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93065. For more information, access our Frequently Asked Questions page.


Teachers and Counselors

Click below to nominate an outstanding student leader in your school for our week-long Leadership Program.



The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute strives to make their programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. If you are in need of financial assistance to attend the Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Program, please carefully read, complete, and submit a scholarship application.

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