Student Character and Leadership
Our Student Character and Leadership Development program is known as The Compass Project. It is designed to help students of all ages discover their values. We teach the necessary skills for children to become successful leaders and kind global citizens. We help them to be effective collaborators.
Social and Emotional Foundation
In a 2014 CareerBuilder study, 77 percent of employers surveyed said “soft skills” were as important as job-related skills. Employers are looking for people who have a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, and the ability to collaborate. MHS teaches basic social and emotional skills to nurture these qualities.
The Compass Project reinforces our commitment to developing the whole child. This character and leadership program is life-changing. It builds on Milton Hershey School’s four Sacred Values, the backbone of our Social and Emotional Learning program.
- Commitment to Mission
- Positive spirit
- Mutual respect
Experience The Compass Project
The Compass Project is school-wide initiative. Students develop their skills through both classroom and student home lessons. The curriculum challenges them to reach their greatest leadership potential. We strive to develop student skills in four distinct areas. Learn more about each focus area.
Social and Emotional Learning
This skill teaches students to manage emotions, show empathy, and create long-term goals that allow them to dream.
This skill helps students develop personal connections beyond themselves. We seek to build connections at a spiritual level.
Character and Leadership Development
This skill helps students build strong mental and ethical traits. It grows leadership qualities that will serve them throughout their lives.
Health and Wellness Activities
This skill shows students how to maintain personal health and physical well-being. Achieving this helps them live long, happy, and healthy lives.
MHS Student Voice Platform Brings Students and Staff Together
Milton Hershey School created a student voice platform within The Compass Project called The Compass Project Grow. Expanding on the goal of The Compass Project to develop student character and leadership skills, The Compass Project Grow provides students an opportunity for self-expression and collaboration with Milton Hershey School staff while focusing on the school’s Sacred Values.
The Compass Project lessons promote self-discovery, responsibility, and learning inside and outside of the classroom. We focus on four areas of personal development.
These lessons teach students to be self-reflective and practice mindfulness. Students reflect on the Sacred Value of commitment and develop self-esteem to overcome challenges.
These lessons discuss several areas, including:
- Social norms and values
- Diversity and respect
- The importance of compromising and finding common ground
Students learn how to navigate diverse environments and relationships. They learn how to maintain an empathetic attitude and mutual respect for others.
These lessons encourage students to exercise grit, perseverance, and resilience. They learn how to act with integrity, improving their ability to:
- Confront failure
- Make responsible decisions
These lessons teach students to be curious and eager to learn. We encourage reasoning, problem-solving, and free play activities. The goal is to foster positive spirit among young people.
Living Character in the Classroom
From foundational moments elementary school to rigorous challenge in high school, our students receive the tools to grow in all areas. Character education is enhanced through teachable moments at school. See what school is like at MHS.