Our 2020 Seminar has been postponed until June 2021.

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Our Annual Seminar

The mission of ILS is to unleash the leadership potential of Illinois youth. We achieve this mission, in part, through our multi-day flagship seminar, held annually in June. We invite one sophomore student from only 115 Illinois high schools to attend. Our Seminar is completely free to the students, their families, and their schools. 

Our annual seminar is designed as a three-day workshop, held Friday through Sunday, where high school sophomores attend as “leaders.” Throughout the weekend leaders will:

Participate in leadership style assessments and activities

Interact in small and large group discussions

Learn from keynote and panel speakers

We encourage leadership development through emphasis on:

Personal responsibility


Increased awareness of social and community issues

Open-minded analysis that considers all sides of an issue when making decisions

During Seminar weekend, leaders are pre-assigned to groups of 8-10, led by one adult Senior Coach and two Junior Coaches, student alumni of our programs.  

The main objective of all programming elements is to build each leader's skills to maximize their own strengths, to consider and appreciate the strengths of others and to return home well-equipped to take on the challenges of making a difference in their classes, schools and broader communities. 

Additionally, they now have a network of other high achieving student peers, as well as adult mentors, from various backgrounds and across the state.

We also encourage our leaders to stay active in our organization to support the future development of ILS and, more importantly, the future generations of leaders in Illinois. We are very proud of the leaders that our Seminar serves: they represent the bright future of Illinois and continue to make our world a better place.

Sending a Student to Seminar

We ask counselors/school representatives to fill out a nomination form to nominate a sophomore student leader from their school to attend our Seminar. The student MUST currently be completing their SOPHOMORE year of high school (attending Seminar the summer between their sophomore and junior year). The counselor or school representative in our records will receive a nomination email with the instructions for how to nominate a student from their school. Please remember, only one student per school may attend. Once a student has been nominated, that student and their parent(s)/guardian(s) will receive a registration email with a link to the registration form.

If you would like to nominate a student from your school but have not received the nomination email, please email our Recruitment Director, Samantha Kiluk, at recruitment@illinoisleadershipseminars.org

Seminar Details

Seminar 2020 has been postponed to June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When attending our seminar, students must attend the entire seminar, arriving early Friday morning and departing late morning on Sunday. Nominations have been closed until further notice.


North Park University, 3225 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Should you have questions about the nomination or registration process, please contact our Recruitment Director, Samantha Kiluk, at recruitment@illinoisleadershipseminars.org.

If you have questions regarding Seminar, our programming, or ILS in general, please view our FAQs below or contact our Seminar Chair, Ixtel Viramontes, at seminar@illinoisleadershipseminars.org.


Frequently Asked Questions

School Representatives




Leader What To Bring Check List

Leaders attending Seminar should use this list when packing as a starting point for suggested items they should bring for the weekend.

Seminar Rules and Regulations

Please review our Rules and Regulations for Seminar weekend.

Student Consent Form

Students must print and complete this form and bring to check in at Seminar in June.


805 Lake St. #184 Oak Park IL United States 60301

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