The 2022 Seminar will be held on June 18th, 2022. Nominations are now closed.

Please read below for more information or contact our Recruitment Director using the button at the bottom of this page.


Our Annual Seminar

The mission of ILS is to unleash the leadership potential of Illinois youth. We achieve this mission, in part, through our flagship seminar, held annually in June. This year we will be inviting one sophomore student from Illinois high schools to attend. Our Seminar is completely free to the students, their families, and their schools. 

​We are excited to announce Seminar 2022 will be in-person on Saturday June 18th!

We encourage leadership development through emphasis on:

  • Personal responsibility

  • Volunteerism

  • Increased awareness of social and community issues

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

During Seminar, leaders are pre-assigned to groups of 8-10. These groups are random to ensure each leader is exposed to other leaders with different backgrounds. Each group has group leaders called coaches that are student alumni of our program. 

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 leave the Seminar 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 Our 2022 Seminar.
We ask counselors/school representatives to fill out the nomination form to nominate one 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.

At this time, we are no longer accepting nominations for the 2022 Semniar. If you would like to be notified when next year's nominations open, please email our Recruitment Director, Samantha Kiluk, at

Seminar Details

When attending Seminar 2022, students must attend the entire seminar. Programming is structured to build upon itself throughout the day and full participation is required.

Date: Saturday June 18th, 2022

Time: Approximately from 9am - 6pm


Bradley University

1501 W Bradley Ave

Peoria, IL 61625

Our Seminar has capped conference sizes to ensure proper health and safety protocols can be followed.


If you have questions regarding Seminar, our programming, or ILS in general, please view our FAQs below or contact our Recruitment Director, Samantha Kiluk by clicking the button below.

High Schools That Have Already Nominated Their Leader

Argo Community High School
Beacon Academy
Benet Academy
Carrollton High School
Coal City High School
Collinsville High School
Downers Grove North High School
Erie High School
Farmington Central High School
Gardner-South Wilmington High School
Henry-Senachwine High School
Hinsdale South High School
Johnsburg High School
Mansueto High School
McHenry Community High School
Milledgeville High School
Prairie Ridge High School
Regina Dominican High School
Round Lake Senior High School
Stillman Valley High School
Theodore Roosevelt High School
Wauconda High School
Willowbrook High School
Wilmington High School
Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart
Zion-Benton Township High School

Don't see your High School on this list? No worries! We can work with your school to get the nomination process started. Just email our Recruitment Director, Samantha, and she will guide you on how your High School can nominate a leader!