Building Inclusive Youth Leadership Programs

"During my time in the program, I became aware of things that I didn't know before and didn't think much of. And this has helped me when interacting with others and learning other things.”

Leaders of Tomorrow (LoT) is a leadership program created by IEL with a curriculum co-designed by immigrant and refugee youth. The LoT program is designed to help immigrant and refugee youth develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to participate in decision-making processes and structures to improve their own lives, as well as the lives of others in their communities. Through the program, youth are equipped to become leaders and agents of change, while also promoting equity and social justice for all children, youth, adults, and families.     

Our Guiding Principles:

  • Empowering Immigrant and Refugee Youth
  • Fostering Leadership and Change Agents
  • Promoting Equity and Social Justice for All 

Nurturing the potential of immigrant and refugee youth, we can collectively shape a more equitable and inclusive tomorrow. Your involvement will be instrumental in achieving this vision. 

Related Resources

Leaders Of Tomorrow: Immigrant & Refugee Youth Guidebook For Leadership Development

Youth Voice in Community Schools Guide

Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Leadership Learning Series

Over the next two years, IEL will be piloting a 4-part Youth Leadership Learning Series designed to equip youth-serving professionals with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to effectively support and empower immigrant and refugee youth in youth leadership and civic engagement. At the completion of each 8-week course, participants will receive a micro-credential documenting your achievement. This initiative represents a crucial expansion of our efforts, and we are eager to invite you to be part of this transformative journey.  

We’re thrilled to share the success of our recently concluded trainings focused on youth leadership, the first cohort of our Leaders of Tomorrow Learning Series! It was an enriching journey filled with valuable insights that will shape our next one.

Now, we’re thrilled to announce the next trainings in the Series, focused on civic engagement: “Empowering Immigrant and Refugee Youth as Catalysts for Change.” This training is designed to equip participants with practical skills and knowledge to effectively engage and empower immigrant and refugee youth in civic participation.

🌟 Overview: The purpose of this learning experience is to empower participants with the tools and knowledge necessary to guide immigrant and refugee youth towards meaningful civic engagement. Through a series of interactive modules, participants will delve into discussions and activities aimed at strengthening their competencies in civic engagement and discovering strategies to support youth in effecting positive change within their communities.

🎯 Overall Goals:
• Equip participants with the necessary tools to effectively teach and engage immigrant and refugee youth in civic participation
• Develop skills to assist immigrant and refugee youth in identifying challenges and formulating data-informed solutions
• Enhance the capacity of adults to effectively collaborate with youth, nurturing their leadership potential and encouraging their active participation in civic engagement initiatives

🚀 Launch Details: The next portion of the Learning Series kicks off the week of July 8th, and runs through the week of August 26th. Sessions will be held every Wednesday from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST.

📝 Interested in Participating? If you’re passionate about empowering immigrant and refugee youth and eager to be part of this transformative journey, we invite you to express your interest by completing this interest form by June 7th.

Join us as we embark on this impactful mission of empowerment and change!

Stay tuned for more updates on our leadership series and other exciting opportunities. For additional information reach out to us at

Youth Reflections

Hear about youth leader’s experience participating in Leaders of Tomorrow:
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