Prancing Ponies Online Leadership Academy teaches Leadership skills to high school girls grades 9 – 12. Its goal is to develop leadership skills in girls to create a future generation of Women Leaders placed into positions where their decisions will change the world. Our Online Leadership Academy takes the curriculum from our Leadership-Abroad Academy and brings it stateside to classrooms and after-school programs providing practical skills and tools to encourage them to take on leadership roles in college and later in their chosen careers. Since our Leadership Abroad Academy only reaches up to 10 girls each summer, our Online Leadership Academy allows us to reach thousands of undeserved girls nationally.
Prancing Ponies Online Leadership Academy’s mission is to ‘Create Women Leaders One Girl at a Time’. We accomplish this goal by developing leadership skills in high school girls through a series of video talks available online and accompanied by a discussion workbook to facilitate in-depth learning and full information integration. Each online video addresses a workbook module from different perspectives presented by various thought-leaders. The online discussion workbook can be licensed for classroom use. Providing both video and discussion workbooks online enables the girls to access the information from either home or school with ease and ensures information is safely secured and backed-up so instruction is not interrupted for loss of data. The video talks will be offered free to participating schools and organizations who license our online discussion workbooks.
The Leadership Modules are designed for the average school year of 36 weeks and are updated annually. Each module covers a leadership development topic specifically garnered to help girls develop the fundamental skills necessary for effective decision making and ultimately global leadership.
Prancing Ponies Online Leadership Academy modules are:
- The Basics of Leadership
- Leadership and You: Understanding Everyday Leadership (included time-management)
- Leading from Within
- Communicating Like a Leader (extended module – 5 sessions)
- Finances: First Step in Leadership (extended module – 5 sessions)
- Decisions and How They are Made
- Critical Thinking: Making the Right Choices for Your Life
- Conflict Resolution
- Using Your Intuition as a Decision-Making Tool
- Your Passion Your Business
- Monetizing Your Ideas
- Leading Your Greatest You
The Online Leadership Academy benefits girls ages 14 – 18 from inner city high schools and low-income households within participating school districts. The online leadership academy targets college-bound girls or girls who aspire to go to college and have participated in either college prep courses or enrichment programs. Included, are girls who display leadership potential as supported by teachers/counselors.
According to the US 2001 Census Report on School Enrollment there are a total of 17 million students enrolled in grades 9 through 12. Girls represent half of this population at 8.3 million. 
This population represents the potential impact of Prancing Ponies Leadership Development Academy for Girls within the US.
Why is the Prancing Ponies Online Leadership Academy valuable now?
“We will not accept a world where decisions about our future are made in rooms girls cannot enter.” -Malala
The Online Leadership Academy provides young girls an opportunity to understand what authentic leadership requires and learn skills necessary to critically think and make good decisions which will result in future leadership roles in college and their careers. Once in Leadership positions, they can begin to sustainably address current social inequities Women experience every day. We strategically select college bound high school girls from low income communities to engage their openness to new experiences. It’s during this time that if girls come to believe they can be Leaders and are provided the necessary skills and information – they will more than likely, become Leaders. The Online Leadership Academy seeks to teach girls how to lead themselves before they lead others, supporting our goal of Creating Women Leaders One Girl at a Time.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” -Albert Einstein
For more information, contact us.
 School Enrollment in the United States 2011: Population Characteristics Bauman et. al. September 2011 https://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p20-571.pdf