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We unleash the leadership potential of Illinois youth.

We don't teach students what to think. We don't even teach students how to think. ILS is dedicated to stressing the importance of careful thought for both today's and tomorrow's leaders.

Nominations for Seminar 2024 are open!

Thanks to all our 2023 nominators! Seminar 2024 will be from June 7th - June 9th, 2024. Click the button below for more information about Seminar!


About Us

Our annual leadership seminar is held at no cost to the students who participate and the schools that send their students, so we need your help to continue investing in these young leaders.

ILS has been providing quality, free leadership seminars in Illinois since 1977. We are a 100% volunteer organization with 501(c)3 nonprofit status. Through our programs, students interact with leaders in industry, government, the arts, education, and the media, coming in contact with a diverse world of leaders and leadership styles. Students are then challenged to discover and unleash their own leadership potential in their schools and communities, using the tools and resources made available to them at ILS. We at Illinois Leadership Seminars don't tell our participants what to think, or even how to think, but stress the importance of careful thought for our world's future leaders.

Special Announcement

Please click the button below to read a special announcement from our Corporate Board Leadership

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National Society for Youth Leadership (NSYL)

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