Our programs are all centered around learning themes of social innovation and leadership and balance personal inquiry and reflection with social action and collaboration. Each program integrates elements of formal classroom trainings, applied learning through site visits to local social businesses and nonprofit organizations and job shadowing/internship placements, and public outreach and discussion.
Our emphasis on relationship building and hands-on learning connects our participants with influential leaders and innovative organizations from a wide range of sectors–including, global health, social media, environmental conservation, youth leadership, sustainable agriculture, human rights, technology, and education.
iLEAP programs are all designed to inspire personal growth, deepen a sense of vocation, spark creativity, advance professional development, and lead to social transformation. Each curricula is steeped in cross-cultural, adult learning principles and we challenge participants to learn and grow with head, heart, and hands. Through this integrated process, our graduates emerge with the practical skills, critical thinking, and global community of support necessary to create sustainable social change in the world.
The iLEAP International Fellowship is a long-term investment in community-based leadership in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Each year, iLEAP selects up to 15 grass-roots leaders from around the world from a highly competitive pool of hundreds to join this unique, cross-cultural and global leadership training in Seattle. The eight week program is well integrated, with a balance between personal reflection and retreat, group learning and dialogue, and professional training in partnership, communication, and effective leadership. iLEAP Fellows return home to lead their communities with a renewed clarity and commitment to who they are, what they do, and how together we can change the world.
Launching in 2014, the iLEAP Southeast Asia Leadership Initiative (SALI) is an integrated leadership training and social investment designed to amplify the leadership capacities of the next generation of social leaders in Southeast Asia. From 2014-16 iLEAP will train and partner with over fifty current and emerging social leaders from Southeast Asia and work with them to co-create a thriving network in the region.
The Social Innovation Forum JAPAN is a 2 week intensive training in personal leadership and global partnership and focused on working with leaders from specific regions. The Social Innovation Forum JAPAN was created in the wake of the March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. SIFJ is an investment in rebuilding the country through energizing civil society, empowering emerging leaders, and forging global partnerships of mutual support between American and Japanese civil society.
Social Innovation in Seattle (SIIS) is a 4 week educational program designed to introduce participants to the idea of social innovation and inspire greater clarity around one’s personal leadership and vocation. The integrated curriculum balances classroom learning with a professional internship and different site visits to Seattle-based businesses and organizations pursuing some degree of social innovation. SIIS participants also take part in individual advising and coaching sessions which serve to weave the experience together and make it uniquely relevant to his or her life.