My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Illinois Leadership Seminars (ILS), Oak Park, IL, USA
I went through seminar in 2016 and have been involved ever since! Going through the seminar helped me become more confident in who I am both personally and as a leader.
It's impossible to describe seminar without personally attending, but trust me when I say that it is truly lifechanging. Stepping into seminar, I was scared. I would have to talk to and spend an entire weekend with people I didn't know. However, as soon as my parents dropped me off, I knew that ILS was going to be an irreplaceable experience. By the end of seminar, you truly feel a part of the ILS family.
During my seminar I got to interact with a diverse group of people (something I wasn't exposed to in my small hometown) while learning more about being a leader. ILS is accepting of everyone as they are, and that really shines throughout the seminar. This seminar isn't a weekend full of "to be a leader you need to be in charge and outgoing," it teaches you how to actively become a leader in your community--no matter if you are loud and talkative, or quiet and more reserved. ILS has given me skills to bring back my high school and now my college. Everyone you meet in the organization is welcoming, and open to conversing and getting to know you.
The seminar is amazing all in itself, but the alumni community is even more impactful. I've met amazing friends through this organization, and have earned valuable experience in my future career of media through volunteering on the media team each summer. This org has given me a support system I know that I can always turn to, and I honestly cannot imagine what my life would be like without having gone to and stayed involved with ILS.