About Leadership Initiatives

For more than 15 years, Leadership Initiatives has partnered with outstanding high school students to gain real-world experience, explore future careers, develop leadership skills and experience college life.

Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs have assisted over 10,000 student leaders in attending college, receiving scholarships, gaining SAT and ACT training, partnering with top mentors from across the globe and transforming lives. Leadership Initiatives was founded on the idea that YOU can change the world at any age.

Leadership Initiatives program participants have created over 54 businesses across the continent of Africa, assisted low-income Washington D.C. residents in receiving a fair trial and provided developing communities access to desperately needed medical care.

Leadership Initiatives is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit institution with accolades from top Non-Profit accreditation organizations such as Guidestar, GlobalGiving, the International Youth Foundation and has been funded by Microsoft’s YouthSpark Program and the Starbucks Foundation.

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Academic, College Application

& Career Benefits

What Makes Us Different

Leadership Initiatives is a non-profit that believes in providing the highest-quality programs and services, leading by example, and going the extra mile to serve our students and partners. We believe in giving students real-world experiences that help them live out their dreams and realize their full potential.

We believe we can help students achieve personal and professional success by providing a rigorous and comprehensive educational experience within a nurturing, student-centered environment of full immersion.

We believe in providing students with opportunities for collaboration by drawing upon the knowledge, skills, resources, and passions of our partners from around the globe. In other words, we develop future leaders to transform the world.

Leadership Initiatives is the only international youth development non-profit operating in the world that does all of the following:

Students Create A Real World Impact

Students receive job training and career experience working side-by-side with experts in the fields of business, international development, law, and medicine. At the end of each program, students participate in court cases, diagnose patients, and design solutions to problems faced by businesses in the developing world.

SAT/ACT Training Provided By Testrocker

TestRocker is the fastest way to the highest score because we combine one of the best private tutors with the best technology has to offer: leading to efficient learning. TestRocker students have increased their SAT and ACT scores by an average of 280 points and 4 points, respectively. Today, students from 36+ countries around the world are using TestRocker to prepare for their standardized tests.

College Admissions Panels

Participants receive one-on-one training from top college admissions experts. This training includes school selection assistance, application guidance, interview preparation, and private Q&A sessions. The program officers exclusive college admissions panels with admissions officers from Yale, Stanford, Brown, Dartmouth, Georgetown, UCLA, the University of Chicago and many more.

College Application Assistance

When the time comes for college applications, the student has the opportunity to receive two letters of recommendation from their mentor or Leadership Initiatives team member to showcase their skills, abilities, and accomplishments they made while attending our summits.

Career Counseling

During our evening networking events and career fairs, students will make connections with professionals in their field and learn how to navigate their career pathway. After the conference, students will be connected with mentors that are nationally recognized leaders in over 200 fields.

Exclusive Access To The International Business Internship Program

All attendees of Leadership Initiatives summer programs are offered entrance into Leadership Initiatives’ International Business Internship Program (IBIP). IBIP is designed to inspire and promote the efforts of high school students to take charge of their futures while creating global change. In doing so, LI creates a new generation of leaders who have both a greater understanding and depth of experience in international development.

All students attending Leadership Initiatives Summer Programs are entitled to ten benefits that no other organization around the world offers to their participants. Each benefit is specifically designed to assist the participating student with entrance into college or gain experience/knowledge in a career they wish to one day pursue.

In 2019 our graduating seniors:

Received over $1.58 million dollars in scholarships for college.

Had over 450 essays edited for college applications.

85% of our graduating seniors requested and received letters of recommendation.

On average increased their ACT scores by 4 points and SAT scores by 240 points.

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Our Top 10 Academic, College Selection And College Application Benefits

1. College Admissions Counseling

2. College Probability Modeling

3. SAT/ACT Training Courses

4. College Essay Review Service

5. Letters Of Recommendation

College Application Benefits

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Summer program students will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a college admissions expert. They will help walk students through the ins-and-outs of college applications, essay writing, and scholarships.

Students can speak directly with former admissions officers from schools such as Yale, Brown & UCLA. These individuals have a minimum of 15 years of experience in the field of college admissions.

Students are recommended to have their most pressing questions about the college application process ready so they can have them answered by someone who knows the application system inside and out.

Past students have used this time to hone in on their essay topics, decide on how many colleges to apply to, and create application time lines.

One-On-One College Admissions Counseling

Leadership Initiatives and our partners at Parchment, TestRocker and University Initiatives have designed a system that will calculate the probability of acceptance into the student’s top university choices based on the students GPA, test scores, extracurricular activities, career goals, financial need and more.

The Leadership Initiatives college admissions team will then help all participants narrow their college interest list and create a college application plan.

Because our college admissions team work with a broad range of higher education institutions, their advice, and beneficial knowledge will allow students to further understand the college admissions process.

College Probability Calculator

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Community Service

Extra-Curricular Activities

Financial Assistance Needs

SAT/ACT Test Scores

Grade Point Average

The college admissions team will then identify the most important areas students can focus on to increase their probability of gaining acceptance into their top college choices.

College Probability Modeling

Featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post, TestRocker is the premier online SAT/ACT training resource for high school students across the United States. All summer program participants will receive one year of free online SAT/ACT training from TestRocker valued at over $1200.

Students have increased their SAT & ACT scores by an average of 280 points and 4 points, respectively.

TestRocker utilizes personalized learning that incorporates technology & quality content to enable students to drastically increase their ability to take college standardized tests. TestRocker combines highly-effective private tutors with the best technology on the market to increase student scores.

TestRocker comes with customized lessons, full-length tests, and 24/7 customer service.

Handpicked by parents and industry experts for BEST-IN-CLASS AWARDS

We will email the students’ parents a bi-weekly report so that parents can keep track of their progress.

We take accountability to support our students throughout their test-prep journey.

Exclusive SAT/ACT Training From TestRocker

All summer participants are able to submit up to five college application essays for review by our partners at University Initiatives. University Initiatives employs college writing professors and admissions experts to help students craft the best essay possible for their college applications.

This offer is exclusive, and not available with any other institution or program!

Each student essay will be edited to ensure it makes an excellent impression at every stage of the competitive application process. The editors will improve the style, clarity, sentence structure and coherence of your application so that your achievements are noticed.

To ensure language errors do not keep students from achieving their ambitions, every section of your university application will be carefully proofread to eliminate any mistakes in grammar, punctuation, spelling and more.

Editors bring their experience in many different backgrounds, including Science and Technology, Commerce, Management, and the Humanities.

College Essay Review Service

Students who participate in any of Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs will have the opportunity to have two letters of recommendation written for them from any Leadership Initiatives staff member, including the Executive Director Marshall Bailly.

Students that participated in the International Leadership and Business Summit can ask for letters of recommendation from their business partner or translator. Students of the Advanced Law and Trial Summit can request letters from the programs directors or lawyers they are interning with for letters of recommendation.

Students of the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit can ask the patients they diagnose or the doctors they work with for letters of recommendation. Students receive glowing and personal letters of recommendation from individuals whose lives they impacted and professionals they have partnered with.

These unique and complimentary letters are one of the most highly regarded benefits that Leadership Initiatives has. Below are letters of recommendation from past students showcasing how the program transformed their lives:

Matthew Matusiewicz - Full Ride to UC Berkeley School of Engineering

Matthew Chang - Over $30,000 in Financial Assistance to Attend Harvard University

Ricky Toh - Outside Merit Based Full Ride to Stanford University

Meredith Karle - Full Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Letters Of Recommendation