The models listed below guide our development of students as leaders and partners with our community.​

Civic Engagement

We use the following definition of Civic Engagement to guide our work: “The ways in which people work with their communities and larger social groupings to participate in the cultural and political lifeblood of [the world] (Dolgon & Baker 2011).” Read the definition of civic engagement [pdf].

The Active Citizen Continuum

By participating in Landis programs, we believe students will develop into Active Citizens, “where community becomes a priority in values and life choices (Breakaway).” View the active citizen continuum [pdf].

The Triangle of Quality Community Service

Students will discover roots causes of social problems and recognize systemic issues surrounding injustice through strong direct service, education, and reflection experiences (Break Away). View the triangle of quality community service [pdf].

The Social Change Model of Leadership Development

Using the lens of the 7 C’s, students will reflect on their own development as leaders, identify opportunities for growth, and work toward the 8th “C”, CHANGE (HERI, 1996). View the social change model [pdf].

The Parable of the River

The Parable of the River highlights the importance of meeting urgent community needs while simultaneously examining the complex root causes of social problems ( Read the parable of the river [pdf]