Community-driven leadership development in education, health, and employment.

Our Work: By Program

Our Work: By Program

Logo - Appalachian Education & Workforce Network (AEW Network)Appalachian Education and Workforce Network

The Appalachian Education and Workforce Network focuses on increasing post-high school education and training attainment rates. It unites Centers in 10 states (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) that work in partnership with all levels of education, workforce, and economic development organizations to prepare a stronger workforce. 

Logo: Cardboard cutout children in bright colors: Coalition for Community Schools: Because Every Child Deserves Every ChaceCoalition for Community Schools

Community schools unite educators and community partners to offer a range of opportunities and supports to youth, families, and communities. This partnership allows the school and community to support the learning and development of their young people. IEL's Coalition for Community Schools is the national network uniting these efforts.

Logo: Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP): Policy, Leadership, NetworkingEducation Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP)TM

The Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP)TM prepares individuals for leadership positions in education and related fields at the local, state, and federal levels. Fellows broaden their leadership skills, understanding of education policy, and networking ability through cross-sector learning.

Logo: Family & Community Engagement Network (FCE Network)Family and Community Engagement

Through the Family and Community Engagement Network, IEL works with local communities to develop and implement capacity-building activities that strengthen the key roles parents and families play in their child's educational success: decision-maker and supporter of learning; school/community partner; and advocate for school/community improvement.

Logo: National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth): Navigating the Road to WorkNational Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)

Funded  the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth.

Logo: Curved green arrow pointing toward the text: "Right Turn," below which reads, "Empowering Youth, Transforming Communities."Right Turn Career-Focused Youth Transition Initiative

The Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative serves youth involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system, providing individualized education, training, mentoring, and workforce development opportunities. Right Turn operates nationally in five community sites.

Logo: Youth Workforce Leaders AcademyYouth Workforce Leaders Academy (YWLA)

The Youth Workforce Leaders Academy is a 10-month professional development opportunity for emerging leaders in workforce development to build skills, network with peers, and gather local and national resources to improve their work with youth, management skills, and the impact of their organization.