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Community-driven, equity-focused leadership, education, and workforce transformation.

About Us

Since 1964, IEL has equipped leaders to work together across boundaries to build effective systems that prepare children and youth for postsecondary education, careers, and citizenship.

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VISION

A society that uses all of its resources effectively to provide an equal opportunity for all children and youth to learn, develop, and become contributing citizens of our democracy.

MISSION

To partner with under-resourced communities to equip leaders to better prepare children, youth, adults, and families for postsecondary education and training, rewarding careers, and civic and community engagement

OUR BIG IDEA

Notwithstanding numerous reforms and incremental progress, we have not as a nation been able to achieve equity in education and workforce development over the last 55 years. Our big idea is that we can improve opportunity and outcomes and close gaps in access and achievement in education and workforce development through innovation and leadership development. If we invest in community leaders of all ages, stages, and sectors, we can change the odds.

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VALUES

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    Equity

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    Inclusion

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    Cross-Sector Collaboration

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    Impact

3 STRATEGIES FOR EXCELLENCE

  • We prepare and support leaders.
  • We mobilize leaders.
  • We innovate.