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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 our 2021 Virtual Seminar have closed.

Reach out to our Recruitment Director using the button below with any questions.


Thank you to our schools who have already submitted their Sophomore and Junior nominations for our 2021 Seminar! We are excited to host your leaders this summer!

Check out our list of schools that have nominated students for 2021!


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.


Addressing Recent Hate Crimes

Please click the button below to read our statement addressing the current hate crimes against the AAPI community.


Special Announcement

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


Our Response to COVID-19

Please click the button below to read more about how we are addressing the current pandemic.


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National Society for Youth Leadership (NSYL)