McLean Entrepreneurial Leadership Program

McLean Entrepreneurial Leadership Program

Dates: June 20-24, 2022

Grades: Rising 9th-12th Grades *Available to Mississippi residents only.

Sponsoring Department: The McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement

Registration Note: A code will be provided to students when they are invited to participate in the program. At that point, students can click the Registration button below and use their code to enter the registration platform.

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The purpose of the McLean Entrepreneurial Leadership Program is to foster dialogue about how Mississippi can utilize resources through the University of Mississippi to address some of the state’s most pressing needs. Outcomes of the program are designed to help stimulate business in local communities, improve educational systems, and strengthen the conversation between the university and community members.

This camp may appeal to: students interested in community service and civic engagement, leadership, local economic development; aspiring social entrepreneurs, economists, political leaders, rural and urban planners, small business owners, journalists, and public policy analysts.

Camp Type: 1 Week Residential or Commuter, non-credit

The summer institute will focus on four main areas with central focus being Entrepreneurial Project:

  1. Entrepreneurship
    Small businesses constitute 99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms and produce 64 percent of new private sector jobs. Mississippi lags behind comparative states in job creation, and the economy is hampered by a host of issues. Using the experience of business leaders in the community and the expertise of the University’s faculty, groups of students will study, discuss, and plan feasible and socially beneficial businesses.
  2. Environmental Sustainability
    As the future stewards of the state’s and planet’s resources, the next generation must understand the consequences of the choices that consumers make every day. By meeting with local nonprofits who are attempting to reduce waste, reading and interacting with literature on the subject, and discussing potential solutions, students will not only better understand their environmental impacts, but they will also be better prepared to address those issues. Students will also have the opportunity to learn from and interact with local farms that are pioneering sustainable farming methods.
  3. Health and Wellness
    More than a third of Mississippi’s residents are medically obese, ranking the state amongst the country’s worst; therefore, it is imperative that the next generations of state leaders understand the ramifications of the issue. Likewise, they must be exposed to entities, like Good Food for Oxford Schools, which are attempting to educate and assist students in making healthy food decisions.
  4. Data & Demographics
    We now live in a world rich in data. From Census Tract data to American Community Survey information, today’s decision-makers have unprecedented access to a treasure trove of information. However, many students are leaving high school with little knowledge of how to access and utilize this data. By exposing students to the resources available to them, and then structuring a project that encourages them to use this new information, this summer program will help prepare students to make informed decisions.

As of now, the tentative weekly plan for the event will focus on classroom discussion, reading, and lecture regarding each respective topic coupled with field visits to members of the Oxford-Lafayette County community. By exposing students to ideas, and then demonstrating how innovators are creating solutions in the field, the goal is to allow students to see problem-solving in action.

Main Focus: Entrepreneurial Project
With entrepreneurship as the central focus of the week, students will be required to complete a week-long project with the goal of having students generate a simple, yet feasible, business plan. This project will be completed in conjunction with faculty and community members with the intention of allowing students to actively practice the skills that they acquired throughout the week.

Day of the Week Morning Activities
8:00am – 12:00pm
Afternoon Activities
1:00pm – 4:30pm
Sunday   Move-In
Friday   Move-Out

Daily Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM; Friday, 8:00 AM-2:00 PM

Move-in for residential students will be the Sunday prior to the camp’s beginning. Details will be sent by email two weeks beforehand.

Lunch will be provided at Rebel Market for all students.

Residential students will live in the Residential College South, supervised by live-in counselors. All counselors are undergraduate students trained in the supervision of minors and background-checked. Evening recreational activities may include use of the campus recreational center, board games, and trips to locations on campus or in town.

Information to come.

Registration for a camp or program is a two-part process – the online registration form and additional documentation. Both parts must be submitted to our office before a student is confirmed for enrollment in the program.

Register Online

  • Step 1: Use the link above to go to the online registration portal.
  • Step 2: Select the appropriate options and click “Add Event to Cart.”
  • Step 3: Review your Cart Information and click “Checkout.”
    • Enter your email address and click “Continue Unregistered.”
    • Select the appropriate payment method and follow the prompts to complete the payment transaction. If you have a discount/scholarship code, you can enter it on the right side of the page and click “Apply.”
  • Step 4: Enter the Student’s Information, Parent/Guardian, Emergency Contact, and additional information. Click “Submit.” You will receive an emailed receipt and confirmation of registration. Please retain a copy of this receipt for your reference and tax purposes.

Submit Medical Form
The Office of Pre-College Programs requires all participating students to have medical paperwork and emergency contact information on file if a student is registered for an in-person program. This information is used in the event an accident or emergency occurs involving a student participant.

  • Step 1: Complete our Medical Form.
  • Step 2: The following documentation must also be sent to the Office of Pre-College Programs: Outreach and Continuing Education, Office of Pre-College Programs, The University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848.
    • Copy of Insurance Card (front and back sides) or Waiver of Insurance Form (included in Medical Form)
    • Copy of a Parent/Guardian’s Driver's License (front and back sides)  

For security of the student and parent’s information, our office does not recommend emailing or faxing medical documents.

Submit COVID Compliance Form
In accordance with University of Mississippi guidelines and policy regarding COVID-19 health and safety for on-campus summer programs, all residential, commuter, or day camp students are required to have a custodial parent/legal guardian review and complete the online COVID-19 Compliance, Liability Waiver, and Assumption of the Risk Addendum Form with the appropriate student and parent information.

Submit Agreement
The Office of Pre-College Programs has set guidelines and rules in place for the safety of the students participating in our camps and programs. Please review and complete the online Agreement Form with the appropriate student and parent information.

Cancellations and Refunds
Registrations may be cancelled up to two weeks prior to the selected session to receive an 80% refund. Refunds are not available if cancellation occurs less than two weeks prior to the selected session. Full refunds will be issued if the camp is cancelled due to low enrollment.

For additional information, please contact:

  • Address: Outreach and Continuing Education, Office of Pre-College Programs, The University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848
  • Phone: (662) 915-7621
  • Fax: (662) 915-1535
  • Email: