Signature Leadership Courses

In this 3-course series, you will receive mentoring in Christian leadership from one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. This course package from Unbound is perfect for a college gap year.

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1. Leadership Theory & Practice

Knowing who you are is key to being a great leader. How can you bring out the best in others when you don't know what your strengths are?

  • Find your leadership style
  • Create achievable goals
  • Discover what motivates you

2. Leadership & Management Communication

Success in almost any area of life requires the ability to communicate well. Learning how to clearly communicate your ideas is critical.

  • Motivate people without manipulating them
  • Effectively communicate your ideas
  • Resolve conflict

3. Leadership Learning & Execution

Knowing the principles behind leadership is great, but being able to execute and act on those skills in a real life situation is even more important.

  • Find a mentor
  • Lead a team
  • Successfully plan and execute a project
  • PLUS! Attend the 5-day Capstone event in Colorado!

Meet Your Instructor

DR. JEFF MYERS is the President of Summit Ministries and has been leading students through the Signature Leadership Course series since 2012. In the last 30 years, he has become one of America’s most respected authorities on young adult leadership development.

As a communicator, Dr. Myers weaves together biblical insight, penetrating social commentary, fascinating research, and hilarious personal stories to motivate and challenge listeners. His inspiring presentations have delighted audiences of teachers, business leaders, parents, and young adults, renewing their enthusiasm for passing the baton of godly faithfulness.

The Capstone Event

Held in the mountains of Colorado, Capstone is part of the last course in the Signature Leadership Series. At this event, students are mentored in person by Dr. Jeff Myers on Christian leadership.

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Students attending the Capstone event


Definitely some of the most practical courses that I've been able to go through.

Abraham Chen, Signature Leadership Student

The courses taught me that I can be a leader at any age.

Chloe Roberts, Signature Leadership Student

I love how it applies to real life.

—Jonah Wilson, Signature Leadership Student


Applications are now open for the Fall 2022 class.

The Full Experience

The Signature Leadership Courses are included in the Ascend program.

In addition to the Signature Leadership courses, travel and registration for Capstone, and the Signature Leadership certification, Ascend also provides students with expert workshops, opportunities for experience in fields that interest them, travel and registration to two live events in addition to Capstone, peer coaching teams, student leadership opportunities, the Ascend certification, and the option to earn up to 30 college credits per year.

  • All three Signature Leadership Courses
  • Registration for Capstone
  • Leadership certification upon completion
  • Teams, workshops, events, community access, and leadership opportunities that come with the Ascend program



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About Unbound

Conventional education keeps students at their desks, actively undermines their faith in Christ, and forces most of them to start their life in debt. Unbound is different.

At Unbound, we provide students with the tools, community, and experiences that enable them to live an extraordinary life pursuing the will of God — and they can earn a fully-accredited bachelor’s degree at the same time.

Jonathan Brush

President and CEO

Jonathan Brush is the President and CEO of Unbound, a homeschool graduate, and a homeschool dad of six. He worked for nine years as a Director of Admissions for a private, liberal arts college, and then spent over ten years working in non-traditional higher education.

Jonathan loves Unbound and Unbound students and dreams every single day about new ways to connect them to each other. He gets to work with the world’s best team and the most amazing student body in the history of the world (which is just as awesome as it sounds), and field questions about Rule 4 violations (ask an Unbound student to explain). Jonathan and his family make their home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Megan Weber


Megan Weber is the COO of Unbound. She is a homeschool graduate and 2014 Unbound graduate who fell in love with her college experience as she earned her BSBA. She enjoys being the ‘get it done’ force behind new ideas and loves interacting with students online and in person. When she's not planning events, creating spreadsheets, or keeping the Unbound team on track, she can usually be found spending time with friends, mastering a new skill, or booking a flight for her next adventure.

Jace Bower

Marketing Coordinator

Jace Bower is the Marketing Coordinator for Unbound. An Unbound alumnus, he has experienced firsthand the powerful advantages of doing college differently and participating in an intentional community. Jace graduated with his bachelor’s degree in History in 2016 and has worked in restaurant management and marketing since then. He also served on the Unbound Student Cabinet in 2019.

The author of two books and a semi-regular blogger, Jace can often be found doing something with words. When he’s not, chances are he’s reading about theology, listening to music, or playing pool or tennis with his wife Shannon in their Virginia home.

Ellie Smith

Director, Sales & Admissions

Ellie Smith is the Director of Sales and Admissions for Unbound. She is a homeschool and Unbound graduate with a degree in Communications from Thomas Edison State University. In 2017 and 2018, she served on the Unbound National Student Cabinet as the Director of Sales and Marketing. In 2019, she traveled to Ecuador with Unbound’s mission team.

When Ellie isn't working with our awesome students, she's probably reading too many books at once, working on a graphic design or hand lettering project, or napping. Because naps are awesome. Her favorite meals are street tacos, popcorn, and coffee.

Victoria Grant

Director, Coaching & Content

Victoria Grant is the Director of Content and Coaching for Unbound. An Unbound graduate, Victoria has served in a variety of roles including student leadership, coaching, and in the Business and Leadership program. She is passionate about equipping young adults to recognize their potential, to know God, and make Him known in daily life.

When she’s not working on an Unbound project, you can find her scribbling on a novel, playing a favorite instrument, riding horses, watching a sunset, or dreaming up some new adventure that absolutely includes the Pacific coastline. One of the best parts of her world is walking alongside her fellow Unbound students as they make an eternal impact in their generation.


Is there an enrollment deadline?

Yes. You must enroll by August 31, 2020 to purchase these courses in 2020.

What if I'm not interested in college credit?

Do I have to be an Ascend student to enroll?

Got more questions? Email support@beunbound.us and we'll get back to you!