This changed my life for the better. I am now selecting a new major to help more people and open more voluenteering oppertunities
Going into WILS my sophomore year of high school, I had no idea what to expect. I half expected a weekend full of hokey workshops, boring speakers, and awkward activities designed to teach you how to be a leader. Instead, I found inspiration, passion, self-confidence, and a second family. At WILS, you are not taught "rules on being a good leader". Instead, you are taught how to use your own personal strengths and weaknesses in order to lead not only peers, but lead your own life. The skills that I took away from WILS, and the people I have met through WILS, have impacted my entire life. My college roommate that I have had for the past 3 years, and will have for my final year of undergrad, is actually girl I met at WILS! I am now in my junior year of college pursuing a Biology-biomedical sciences concentration and Spanish double major. I am currently studying for the MCAT and preparing to apply to medical schools this summer to pursue a career in Obstetrics or Neonatology. I am certain I wouldn't be where I am now without WILS.
WILS is an experience like no other. The seminar takes individuals that already exhibit leadership characteristics and exemplifies those traits by surrounding the participants in an environment that encourages individuality and diversity.
My perspective of what a leader looks like changed that week, and that shift was definitely for the better!
WILS honestly changed my life. It was an incredible organization that genuinely wanted to help me become the absolute best person I could be. They instilled a confidence in me that no one else could, and for that I'll always be grateful. It's why I keep coming back - because I think other kids deserve to have that same experience.
WILS is the highlight of my life. It gave me the confidence to discover my passions of leading and volunteering. The environment created at WILS alows me to thrive in a way I never thought possible. Definitely the best thing to ever happen to me.
Easily the most influential group I am a part of. Everyone is willing to help each other, everyone is accepting, and there are great people that serve as the backbone of keeping this organization great and thriving. Honestly blessed!
WILS is an organization that has introduced me to inspirational adults as well as students my age that not only teach me about becoming a better leader, but also how to be more myself. I'm forever grateful for the opportunity to be connected with people as amazing as everyone in WILS.
WILS is an organization that is constantly changing my life and the way I view it. From meeting amazing adult role models, to peers your age to connect with- it's an amazing organization that brings people together to volunteer, make better leaders, and direct new generations on a path to success.
I have been part of WILS since 2008. I currently work at a university in the state of Wisconsin and can honestly say that WILS lead me to where I am today. It showed me what it takes to be a good leader, how to be myself, the importance and need for volunteering in our community, and allowed me to make numerous friendships.
I have volunteered with this organization for over ten years. As an educator, I come across programs for everything under the sun. This organization, WILS, is one of the finer ones. I put my time and energy into WILS because of this. The programming and thoughtfulness of the staff is amazing. Each year, the staff reads and evaluates the student and volunteer feedback. Programming changes are made each year so that the seminar is alway top-notch. The large alumni base and return of volunteers year after year prove how wonderful this organization is. Thank you for continuing to serve our youth and make the world a better place!
I have been apart of WILS for five years now, from being an ambassador, to a junior staff member to now a facilitator. WILS has given me the tools to become a better leader, student and community member. I have made great friendships along the way that are sure to be lifelong. I will always be greatful for the one weekend when I was 16, it changed my life.
I've been involved with Wisconsin Leadership Seminars for years. I have never met such amazing people! Everyday I am thankful to have the people of WILS in my life.
From a parent perspective, there is no other organization that combines the power and energy of youth from across the state into one amazing group of future leaders. I have been volunteering and contributing for 10 years and each year I leave the summer seminar filled with hope for the future from a great conglomeration of high school sophomores. Many have gone on to do great things with their careers as I hear stories and meet the alumni each year. More power to WILS.
Mike Skupien, parent of board member and original WILSer in 2005.
This organization, honestly, changed my life. I attended WILS in the summer of 2014. Going into it, I was quiet shy and did not view myself as a strong leader. After, I was a new person. I learned not to be scarred (scurred) by what others think of me and not to limit myself by creating a box to hide inside. I also learned what type of leader and how to adjust how I work with others to lead a productive group. I now play a more productive role in groups in school and work, and attribute my confidence to that fun weekend with the greatest people in the world. Thank you WILS for not only giving me an opportunity to grow as a person and make new connections, but for giving me an outlet to help others do the same.
I have been a part of WILS since 2005. I have been a student leader, junior staff and facilitator. I have been a part of a handful of student leadership organizations, but nothing compares to WILS. This seminar is run completely by volunteers and students do not have to pay anything to take part in the event. There is one student chosen from each HS in Wisconsin, so most students don't know anyone when they arrive. This experience is something I look forward to each and every year. I have learned so much about myself, gained so many useful life skills and have made life long friends. If I hadn't attended WILS all those years ago and continued to stay involved I can honestly say that I would not be the person that I am today.
I attended WILS as a student leader in 2006. It was absolutely eye opening. From 2007-2010 I returned as a Junior Staff member and since 2011 I have returned as an adult staff member, even joining the Board of Directors in 2014. WILS makes it possible for many students to not only learn more about themselves and what kind of leader they are; they are also exposed to different mindsets and opinions of peers their age from all across the state of Wisconsin- all free of cost! This is truly an outstanding organization.
I've been involved with dozens of high school and college leadership development events and organizations, and there are so many organizations doing great things for emerging leaders. I have committed a significant amount of TIME and ENERGY and MONEY over the last 15 years to WLS because they are exceptionally well-run, efficiently managed, and have an absolutely outstanding reputation. I have remained connected to HUNDREDS of alumni and they continue to credit WLS with exponentially increasing their leadership capacity. I no longer live close enough to speak at the annual seminar, but I still have money and love to give to them.
I have been involved with this organization for over 12 years in several different roles from camper, junior staff, facilitator, and speaker/presenter. The opportunities available to those who attend are second to none; both in terms of networking and personal growth. This organization has had a huge impact on the person I am today.