Youth Action’s Inspiring Leaders Program (ILP) is the first year training program for Youth Action members interested in service with our organization. Through mentorship and experiential leadership, ILP aids high school students with understanding the importance of leadership and social responsibility.
The Inspiring Leaders Program is a student-led civic engagement program that seeks to increase 9th and 10th grade Philadelphia high school students’ confidence, competence and awareness of socially relevant issues. Students develop marketing, budgeting, and communication skills in order to effectively and efficiently plan and execute a service project of their choice. Students receive $2,500 to work with up to 30 students from schools, socio-economic backgrounds, neighborhoods, and interests throughout Philadelphia to organize a service project in their communities. Generally twice a month from September-May, there are 4 hour long intensive sessions for students in ILP held on Saturday mornings on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. All sessions are mandatory for students to attend.
In the spring, students receive funding to organize an innovative service project of their choice on an issue impacting their communities with fellow members of their ILP Cohort. During this phase of the program, students apply what they have learned to organize a high-quality and high-impact service project. Youth Action members coach the students during the process and work directly with the students to ensure that the project is highly effective. Through the process of building a service project, students learn key skills in project planning, conducting meetings, writing proposals, working with others, public speaking, and other skill-sets that are key to them being successful in college and with their career. We also invite guest speakers to offer life advice on college & career success.