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Leadership for America

About LFA

If one seeks to lead others towards the good, both for the individual and for society, one must first strive for wisdom.  Leadership for America is an annual summer series that challenges high school students to ask big questions.  Each year LFA tackles a topic that is both relevant to man today, and to every man. Throughout the week the underlying principles of leadership, based on the natural law, freedom of conscience, and democratic ideals, are studied in the light of Judeo-Christian values and revealed truths.


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LFA 2024
Authentic Masculinity


LFA 2024: Authentic Masculinity is designed to help young men see their high school years from the viewpoint of their entire life. The classes will encourage the development of skills and attitudes necessary for embracing future life challenges in a way a man striving to become great ought to. The combination of classes and one-on-one mentoring will help to develop character and responsibility for:  


Friendship - Professional Work - Marriage and Fatherhood - Family Life -  Spiritual Life


Topics to be Covered:


Facing your fears

Setting goals

True friendship

The importance of reading

Becoming agents of change

Conflict resolutions


Balance of sports/hobbies/volunteering

Proper dealing with girls

The best study habits

Rules for Life

Levels of happiness


Seminar Leader: Mr. Hank Lopez-Oña was born in Havana, Cuba, and has lived most of his life in the United States. He received a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and an M.B.A from George Washington University. He has been teaching leadership seminars in Washington DC, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles for over 50 years. Hank also has many years of experience working with alumni groups on admissions (Columbia) and scholarships (UCLA). Currently, Hank directs the Ahead San Diego seminars at the Pendleton U.S. Marine Base in Oceanside. 



Monday, June 17th to

Saturday, June 22nd

Faculty & Staff

Mr. Hank Lopez-Oña

Director | Ahead San Diego Seminars

B.A. English and Comparative Literature| Columbia University

MBA | George Washington University

Alex Hoff

Head of Middle School | Western Academy
B.A. Theater, Film and Television | UCLA

Daniel Carr

Director of Advisory | Western Academy

M.A. Political Science | University of Dallas

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