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Wisconsin Leadership Seminars Inc

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Causes: Children & Youth, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion, Youth Development - Citizenship, Youth Development Programs

Mission: WILS identifies outstanding high school sophomores throughout Wisconsin for being responsible citizens in their community and/or school and provide them with the opportunity and encouragement to recognize their leadership potential.

Results: WILS fulfills our mission through an annual 3-day leadership seminar encouraging leadership development through emphasis on personal responsibility, volunteerism, increased awareness of social issues, and open-minded analysis of all sides of an issue when making decisions. The seminar is held at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater in Whitewater, WI and is offered at no charge to the schools or students. Our volunteers and alumni work tirelessly during the year to raise all funds needed to host seminar. Our mission is carried on throughout the year and into future seminars through our Alumni Association. The alumni hold reunions and perform community service several times between each seminar in order to maintain the WILS spirit, continue friendships and give back to the community. WILS volunteers over 1,000 hours in our communities each year! WILS has served nearly 200 high school sophomores per year for over thirty-nine years. Since inception, WILS has fund raised and fully funded each seminar through 100% volunteer donations of money, time and gifts in kind. Student leaders served return year after year to give back to the organization.

Target demographics: Along with high school guidance counselors and club leaders, we work to identify outstanding high school sophomores who are responsible citizens in their community and/or school and provide them with the opportunity and encouragement to recognize their leadership potential.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Since 1978, WILS has impacted over 200 students per year from all over Wisconsin and upper Michigan.

Geographic areas served: The entire state of Wisconsin

Programs: An annual 3-day leadership seminar encouraging leadership development through emphasis on personal responsibility, volunteerism, increased awareness of social issues, and open-minded analysis of all sides of an issue when making decisions. The seminar is held at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Whitewater, WI and is offered at no charge to the students or their schools. All seminar speakers and staff are unpaid volunteers. Visit our official website to see what we are currently doing!

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an outstanding organization that impacts so many students each year. As a student, this organization helped me become the leader I am today. Personally, I would not be the same without the continuous leadership opportunities and the chances to be so many great individuals. WILS is utterly amazing. I am very excited to have been apart of it and continue to grow with this organization.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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