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.
Wisconsin Leadership Seminars has given me the tools to carve a path much different than I anticipated. After attending in 2009, I gained the confidence and social support to unleash my leadership potentially. As I am entering my my seventh year with this organization, I have had the chance to further my own leadership development by taking on roles in the Alumni Association, the Board of Directors, and as seminar staff. These roles in turn have allowed me to support other Wisconsin high school students as they undergo the seminar experience and really begin to critically think about the issues in our communities and understand that they have the power and voice to make waves.
WILS is truly an outstanding organization that positively impacts of not only the students it serves, but also the volunteers who run the organization. I am blessed to be a part of this wonderful group and will continue to live out WILS mission in all that I do.
WILS has been a part of my life for almost 20 years and it has been amazing to see how this organization has shaped leaders from all over Wisconsin. I'm lucky enough to participate each year at the seminar and help develop new generations of leaders. I can't imagine my life without WILS. I am proud to part of this organization!
A wonderful organization and group of people I am blessed and honored to work with. 100% volunteer, no paid staff, and all students attend for free.
I've seen first hand how WILS can change lives. This is a 100% volunteer organization and everyone is very dedicated to helping students find their leadership capability.
I know it may sound cliche, but WILS has changed my life in countless ways. I attended the 2014 seminar, and I have only grown as a person since. It taught me how to be a leader of my peers, myself, and simply everyone around me. WILS also gave me connections with people that I will have and cherish forever. This is a one of a kind organization that always has ways to say involved and keep in touch.
I attended WILS for the first time in 2013 and it has truly changed my life for the better. I've continued to return as staff ever since in order to help others benefit from the amazing experience like I did.
Being apart of WILS for the past few years, I have seen first-hand the number of lives the dedicated group of volunteers has impacted. WILS has been a crucial part of my development as a student, leader and member of society. Every year, I anxiously wait to go back to seminar and meet the new group of WILSers.
When I was chosen to attend a leadership seminar in 2008, little did I know it would change my life forever. Wisconsin Leadership Seminars, Inc encourages young adults to take ownership of their ideas and opinions while offering them space to be themselves. It is a totally unique experience. I loved my seminar experience so much that I have come back every year as a volunteer to give high school sophomores the same experiences I had. I have made life-long friends and found a cause that I am passionate about to give my time and talents too! I'm so grateful to everyone in Wisconsin Leadership Seminars who set the path before me and to everyone who will come after.
WILS is the highlight of my year. This program is dedicated to shaping the leaders of tomorrow. The environment created at WILS gives students the ability to deepen their skills and understanding in diversity, leadership, community service, and open-mindedness.
WILS is an all-volunteer, state-wide organization dedicated to providing leadership opportunities to high school sophomores and beyond. Through the annual seminar and follow-on alumni activities, it provides on-going leadership skill-building and support. Students that attend the program often return to their communities and run for school offices, organize volunteer events, and spearhead local initiatives.
Having attended WILS in the 1990's, the highest endorsement I can provide is that I hope my pre-teen daughter will be lucky enough to attend the program in a few years. It will change her life, as WILS does for all others who have participated.
Please consider donating to this worthy cause and helping high school students reach their full leadership potential.
- Angela Wellsmith
Review from Guidestar