Teen Leadership Academy

“TLA has helped me make connections throughout Southern Maryland that I would definitely not have been able to make myself.  It has taught me leadership and presenting skills that I use everyday during school.” – Isabella “Biz” Lynch, 2018 TLA ambassador

“Teen Leadership Academy (TLA) was a huge success and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed it!  We are planning to enroll her again each year through her graduation!” – Myron Sipe, parent of a 2016 TLA ambassador

About the Teen Leadership Academy

Leadership skills are a vital part of everyday life. The Teen Leadership Academy is designed to teach and develop those skills in a hands-on, experiential program with workshops and visits to meet with regional leaders in their workplaces throughout Southern Maryland.

2019 Theme: Public Safety

The week-long experience features amazing speakers who are leaders in the Southern Maryland region. Teen ambassadors also have opportunities to see leadership in action during excursions taking them out of the classroom and into the community.

Who Should Apply

Teens from Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties entering grades 10, 11, 12.


College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick

Note:  Transportation for participants will be provided to/from the CSM La Plata and CSM Leonardtown campuses to CSM Prince Frederick each day.

Academy Dates and Times

June 24 – 28, 2019

8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday-Thursday
8:30 am – 12 pm, Friday

How to Apply

Review the application documentation below.  Application deadline is June 1, 2019.



Tuition for each participant is $275.  Cost covers program tuition and supplies, daily lunch, transportation to/from CSM Prince Frederick from CSM La Plata and CSM Leonardtown, and transportation for field trips to places as part of daily programming.

Tuition may be paid online below or by mailing a check to Leadership Southern Maryland, P. O. Box 524, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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For more information, contact (301) 862-SOMD to talk to the Executive Director, Denise Foster, or email denise@leadershipsomd.org.

Want to know more?  Check out what teens have to say about TLA!

Videos on this page produced by Daniel King ’19, an economics major and videography intern at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.