The SPEAK! Leadership Academy (SLA) is a nationwide network of youth leaders who are leveraging the combined power of stories and conversation as a force for social change. After applying to and completing a free 6-week virtual training, SLA graduates go on to receive support to lead Novelly clubs within the app as well as earn scholarships and awards for their activism!

Be A New Kind Of Leader.

We believe the world needs a new kind of leader: one who values listening, storytelling, and authentic communication. This free training is for young changemakers like you who want to learn how to utilize young adult (YA) literature, personal experiences, and narratives and hold courageous conversations that promote social change. Be prepared to get certified in dialogue facilitation over 6 weeks of skill development and connection with peers across the country.

SPEAK! Leadership Academy (SLA) Requirements

  • Fellows must be high school students (ages 14-18).
  • Must have access to stable internet (100% virtual training)
  • Program Duration: 6 Weeks.
  • Time Commitment:  5 hours/week for 6 weeks to the SLA training.
  • Participate in weekly 2 hour live conversations with team.
  • Participate in a 90 minute Webinar during Courageous Webinar Weekend (last weekend of every session)
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Our Training Calendar

We finalize dates closer to the start of Each session.

Spring Session

Orientation: March
6-week Training: March to April
Webinar Weekend: April

Summer Session

Orientation: June
6-week Training: July to August
Webinar Weekend: August

Fall Session

Orientation: September
6-week Training: Oct. to Nov.
Webinar Weekend: November

How to Apply

While applications are always open, the 6-week SLA training happens three times a year during the Spring, Summer and Fall. Feel free to apply whenever it is best for you! We can't wait to get to know you better.

To Apply for the SLA Training, You Must:

  • Submit a virtual application through the link below.
  • Commit to the full 6 weeks of the academy.
  • Be located within the US and Canada.
  • Be a high school student between the ages of 14 - 18.

Application Deadline

The next SLA Session application deadline is:

February 2022

Are you a college student interested in mentoring the next generation of changemakers?

Apply to become an SLA Coach, an 100% remote postion!