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.
There is nothing scheduled as of right now.
I feel that ILS has made me better person. I’m not just saying that to play up the seminar. I can honestly say that I finally realize that I can make a difference in the world just by being myself. I’m not sure that I totally felt that way before the seminar. It was a great feeling to know that I have these people whom I’ve known for only 24 hours supporting me. I hope that there will be many more years of ILS so that I can stay involved and learn even more.
The Illinois Leadership Seminar to me means so much. I thought that it was just going to be lectures and speakers all discussing how to lead. I was wrong. The effect that ILS has on the sophomores who come through it is too great for words, and the fact that this change can happen in just two days is simply amazing. Illinois Leadership Seminar is one organization that I would like to stay with for as long as I can.
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.
Illinois Leadership Seminar gives opportunities to high school students that go beyond what they encounter in high school. It is an invaluable experience for students as every person has leadership potential. Huntley takes advantage of this excellent seminar so that our students who are nominated begin to unfold the leadership layers that they are capable of so that they experience success in their post high school endeavors.
I walked in as a leader and walked out as a leader who could take on the world! ILS helped reveal the true leader within me. It showed me that I had so much more to give back to my family, friends, school, and community. It’s very challenging to write down what went on in that short weekend, but all I know, is that I will never be the same person as I was before the Illinois Leadership Seminar.
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.
Since ILS, I’ve decided to make a dream come to life. I’m contacting my old junior high to speak against bullying from a personal standpoint, and hopefully expand to other schools too. I want to share what I learned at seminar!
I send students to ILS because I know they will love the experience and come back as better people. Students return from ILS with the confidence and energy to get more involved in our community and achieve their goals. Sometimes attendance to ILS is the first time a student realizes his/her personal power and the ability to affect the world in a positive way.
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 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.