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projects leadershipBy providing positive role models, a structured programme and consistent messages regarding respect, conduct and leadership, the underlying ethos of our work is based on the notion that an awareness of behaviour leads to change.

For our younger boys (ages 8 -11yrs), we focus on ‘personal leadership’ and character development using the 'Character Counts' approach. This programme helps boys’ personal development by teaching about six pillars of positive character.
The aim is to gain an understanding of the importance of character by fully exploring the pillars through different exercises and activities. The six ‘Pillars of Character’ are:

  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Caring
  • Citizenship

In addition to Character Counts, older boys (11+) also receive training based on 12 leadership traits which they can use to help make positive choices.

Our programme supports the Key Stage 2 PSHE curriculum in schools with particular reference to developing the boys’ sense of social justice, more responsibility and understanding the impact of their choices.
How we work
We offer exciting opportunities for boys to learn skills for life and get involved in character building activities, these include:

  • Leadership training (including drill)
  • Sports and interactive games
  • Tutorial support
  • One-to-one mentoring support
  • Group discussions and role play
  • Community projects
  • Guest speakers / facilitators
  • Trips to business
  • Residential outings

Southside Young Leaders' Academy


54 Camberwell Road
London, SE5 0EW
020 7701 9055

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