The Summer Institute on Leadership and Public Service is committed to teaching high school students that, through public service and civic responsibility, they can forge relationships and discover avenues to initiate change within their communities. The Summer Institute on Leadership and Public Service includes a diverse group of students from the Richmond metropolitan area who, through exposure to a variety of issues currently facing their community, will come to understand ethical leadership through service.
About the Summer Institute on Leadership and Public Service
The Summer Institute on Leadership and Public Service is a two-week program dedicated to teaching leadership skills through a number of classroom and hands-on settings, including a leadership curriculum, internships, and problem-solving exercises, all the while focusing on a specific theme especially relevant to the greater Richmond community. 

The Summer Institute will continue its focus on Social Justice.  The Institute will partner with various non-profit, for-profit, and government organizations in the Richmond metropolitan area. 

Summer Planning
The Summer Institute on Leadership and Public Service will take place on the campus of St. Christopher’s School. The institute will take place June 12-23 (no session on June 19 in recognition of Juneteenth). Each student who successfully completes the program will receive a stipend.

How to Apply
  • Interest Forms for the program are available to rising high school seniors (entering their senior year in the Fall) in April.  
  • Prospective students for the program should submit completed Interest Forms no later than April 21.   
  • An Open House will be held in the spring.  More information will be sent after April 28.
  • Interviews will be conducted during the required Open House in early May. 
  • Students will be notified of acceptance by late May.  
For more information contact Christie Wilson, Director of the Summer Institute, at 804-282-3185 or by email at 

Contact Us

List of 4 members.

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    Christine "Christie" Wilson 

    Middle School Director of Student Life, Teacher of Mathematics, and Coach
    (804) 282-3185 x2626
    Randolph Macon College - BA
    Johns Hopkins University - MS
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    Jennifer "Jen" O'Ferrall 

    Lower School Co-Director of Student Life and Reading Specialist/Academic Support
    (804) 282-3185 x2654
    Radford University - BS
    Virginia Commonwealth University - MEd
    Virginia Commonwealth University - EdS
    University of Richmond - Post Master's Certificate Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
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    Jonathan "Jon" Piper 

    Middle School Teacher of History, Honor Council Advisor, and Coach
    (804) 282-3185
    Virginia Commonwealth University - BA
  • Photo of Kyle Burnette

    Kyle Burnette 

    Middle School Teacher of Science, Honor Council Advisor, and Coach
    (804) 282-3185 x3610
    Radford University - BS