The academic curriculum of The Leadership Center is a three-year program focused on English immersion, Leadership, Community Development, Business, and either an Entrepreneurial or a Teaching track during the third year. The school is in session year-round with 10-week quarters and a 2-3 week vacation between each quarter for students to return home, visit their families and spend time in their communities.
Our students come to us through recommendation only. Students are recommended to us by teachers, nonprofit leaders, pastors, priests, government officials, and missionaries from throughout the country who are familiar with our mission. We communicate with our in-country networks throughout the year and accept recommendation forms on an annual basis.
Each January, prospective students and a member of their family are invited to campus for a formal interview. The young women spend the weekend becoming familiar with life at TLC, getting to know students and staff, and attending a class. Once interviews are completed, a new cohort of 15-18 students is selected to begin studies in April.
Leadership Mission International has begun the certification process in order to provide a nationally recognized leadership development certificate to The Leadership Center graduates
ENGLISH IMMERSION – Quarters 1-3 (Apr-Dec) (four class hours each day).
Includes periodic Business and Leadership Seminars in English and a Q3 Math Review and Assessment.
Quarter 4 (Jan-Mar)
Health and Nutrition
Seminar : Leadership Topics
Quarter 1 (Apr – Jun)
Introduction to Leadership
Community Development: Understanding Poverty
Speech & Interpersonal Communication
Quarter 2 (Jul-Sep)
Community Development: Principles and Practice
Introduction to Education
Research & Writing
Quarter 3 (Oct – Dec)
Leadership & Ethics
Community Development: Project Management
Business & Finance
Computer Basics and M/S Office
**Seminar on Honduran Legal System
Quarter 4 (Jan-Mar)
Organizational Leadership &
Entrepreneurship & Marketing
Psychology and Development
In the last month of Q4, second year students may apply for post-graduation independent study program. The intent is to only offer continuing studies to the top students who are highly personally motivated to pursue offered “tracks” and commence vocational opportunity in the near term.
All students graduate at the end of Q4 , second year.
Graduate Independent Study Program:
This additional 6-12 month educational and developmental program is focused upon 3 areas in which LMI has organizational experience and networking capability. Each student’s program of continuing studies is individually customized and includes a relevant internship with another organization or business. Graduates are also assigned experienced mentors to work with during their third year.
1) Business Start Up Track – for graduates who wish to start a specific business UPON completion ( < 9 months)
a. 1 or 2 independent study courses –on line/ internet based courses.
b. Business internship of 3 -6 months
c. Business plan preparation with mentor
2) Teaching Track – for graduates who intend to teach beginning in the next school year ( 4/5 months – in August)
a. 1-2 independent study courses -on line / internet teaching courses AND/OR BECA training or similar
b. Teaching internship or practicum
3) NGO Track – for graduates who intend to work with or manage or start an NGO UPON completion ( < 9 months)
a. 1-2 on line /internet courses relevant to specific NGO interest
b. NGO internship of 3-6 months
One of our long-term goals is to become substantially self-sustainable and we are working towards that objective in a variety of ways. Our students learn important principles of sustainability through participating in these projects while living on campus, and many have chosen to implement these practices in their own homes and communities.
The Leadership Center has over 10,000 coffee plants in the ground that are shade grown. After the coffee is harvested, dried, roasted and bagged it is sold in Honduras and the United States, as well as consumed on campus. 100% of the coffee proceeds are re-invested into the organization
Our campus has 30 vegetable gardens that are cared for and harvested by our students year-round. Prime crops include beets, carrots and beans.
The Leadership Center raises chickens, cows, pigs, and sheep which provide protein to the daily meals.
We have a simple aquaponics system that primarily uses gravity and a single pump to circulate nutrient-rich water to several vegetable gardens, and provides tilapia for consumption.