The ILS Experience.
What is Illinois Leadership Seminar?
Illinois Leadership Seminars is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that exists to make a difference and teach life-long leadership skills to high school students in Illinois who demonstrate a spark of leadership. We encourage leadership development by:
- Providing the essential tools and skills for leadership development
- Exposing students to a broad spectrum of views and opinions
- Creating an open and inclusive environment in which thoughts and ideas may be freely exchanged
- Instilling an appreciation for the diversity of the world
- Providing on-going support through our alumni group, volunteers and other opportunities
Leaders participate in team-building activities, community service, a talent showcase, small group discussions; listen to motivational speakers and panels of key leaders from various industries and much more.
We encourage leadership development through emphasis on personal responsibility, volunteerism, increased awareness of social and community issues, and an open-minded analysis of all sides of an issue when making decisions.
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This seminar has changed my life in so may ways I couldn’t even explain them all on paper. One of the major things it taught me was to never stand by and watch as someone was being bullied or picked on. This could also go for standing up for people being persecuted in different parts of the world. Thank you ILS for making me a better person.
I honestly would be a different person if I had not gone to Illinois Leadership Seminar, and it continues to change the lives of many other young people. It gives them the opportunity to see their true potential and put forth that force they may have kept hidden for so long.
From experience, I can honestly say ILS was one of the most enlightening, encouraging, and outstanding weekends I have had in my life so far. Before ILS, I was unsure of who I was as a student, teenager, and leader. I was struggling with certain classes at school, feeling I wasn’t good enough to succeed. ILS changed me. It made me a stronger and more open person, a better leader by being able to relate to others, and an all-around better and more inviting person.
ILS isn’t just a seminar. It’s a family. ILS people are my favorite hello and hardest good-bye. It’s not something you can explain. It’s something you have to feel. I feel it all the time – not just the 3 days of seminar each summer. My life has been forever transformed because of ILS.
ILS is a lifelong experience! When those 3 days of seminar were over, ILS was far from over for me. I found a group of strangers who I quickly felt were my best friends, my family. I was blown away by the trust I had in these people to share my personal beliefs and opinions with. I grew so much during high school and college into the me that I always wanted to be and ILS jumpstarted that process. It is said that it is important who you chose to surround yourself with, and I couldn’t be more proud to be surrounded by my ILS family!
ILS gave our daughter a spark that fueled a fire of leadership throughout high school and college. Our world needs more leaders… why not start early? We have always been so proud of our daughter, but we know ILS taught her to be proud of herself and her own leadership abilities. It allowed her to network with other successful young people from across the state and beyond.
ILS has been the most eye-opening experience I’ve ever had. The environment was so welcoming and friendly, I felt right at home from the very beginning. I now look at things in a different way thanks to the skills I learned at ILS. I’ve learned that I don’t have to be afraid of the haters, because they will always be there, and I can only change myself. When school starts up again in the fall, I want to introduce a new club to my school, focusing on the things things I learned at ILS.
While I have always thought my son was great kid with a great future ahead of him, I was still optimistic that the weekend would benefit him. I was not prepared though for the changes I have seen in him. He came home calmer and more self-assured. He had patience with his younger siblings that I have never witnessed before. I could tell that Jack was consciously trying to be a good example for them. He taught them your chants and songs. He wanted to spend time and have fun with them but also corrected their bad behavior. Jack is planning many things for school next year as class president based on what he learned at ILS. He is so motivated and wants to contribute so much to his school and classmates. Thank you. Those three days will impact my son for a lifetime.
Illinois Leadership Seminar is my heaven on earth. There is no other place I know of like it. Not only have I formed lifelong relationships with some of the best people I know, I can firmly say that ILS has made me a better person. I take initiative for any idea I believe in even if no one else supports it, I always look at situations now with a positive spin, and I just live my life. ILS has sort of ignited the leadership spark that I guess always existed in me and I am forever grateful.
ILS taught me that leadership isn’t all about guiding others. Leadership is about learning to better yourself in order to help others. Be caring, generous, thoughtful, and open to new ideas and people. By doing so, you will help others come out of their comfort zone and accomplish their goals. Most importantly, ILS has given me the environment of people believing in me and supporting me on my road to success. Anywhere I go, I know that my ILS family will be there to bring me up, not tear me down.