Our Mission

To empower individuals and organizations to create a vision of a more just nation and world and to develop and sustain within themselves the strength, hope, leadership, relationships and organizational integrity to bring about that vision.

The Institute for Community Leadership works to empower individuals and organizations to create a vision of a more just nation and world and to develop and sustain within themselves the strength, hope, leadership relationships and organizational integrity to bring about that vision.

Our Work

Professional Development

ICL produces professional development classes for educators, paraprofessionals, administrators, public servants, elected leadership and others through various classes, seminars, and guest lectures.

Youth Otherness

ICL’s youth programming dynamically engages youth in their society and empowers them towards academic, social, and professional achievement. Our culturally relevant and research-based curriculum directly addresses academic disparities and prepares youth for meaningful lives.

Community Leadership

ICL hosts vibrant community leadership events and seminars throughout the west coast region we serve. All community members—from youth to educator to administrator—are welcome to these relevant conversations. A strong community is at the core of the world’s development.

Latest Blogs


To alleviate a social disease or dysfunction, problem, or injustice, we have to change our behavior.  Alleviating HIV AIDS requires behavior changes.  Addressing childhood diabetes requires effecting…


Celebrating the 4th of July at Tacoma’s Freedom Fair, the delegation encountered Perry, a retired musician, originally from Oakland. Perry noticing the young people’s provocative red shirts…

Fourth of July

What better way to spend the 4th of July than registering people to vote, and getting civic?  On the 4th of July ICL was invited to provide…

My Vote Doesn’t Count

Those who think their vote doesn’t count are half right.  A significant number of Americans who are eligible to vote, do not vote.  Of those, a common…


The Institute for Community Leadership(ICL) Civic Engagement Pilgrimage: A pilgrimage is a journey of cultural spiritual significance. A pilgrimage may involve sacrifice, leaving certain things behind, and…

Give BIG May 3!

GiveBIG May 3rd to Youth Leadership and Civic Engagement! Young people need the guidance and support necessary to become successful, civically engaged leaders. They need the opportunity…

Being Frank, U.S. Should Honor Billy Frank’s Dream

Being Frank, U.S. Should Honor Billy Frank’s Dream, by Lorraine Loomis, Northwest Treaty Tribes, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. Original Article: http://nwtreatytribes.org/u-s-honor-billy-franks-dream/   Billy Frank Jr., longtime chairman…

Sex, Drugs, and Facebook

72% of youth are “constantly connected”, reports Dr. Megan Moreno, principal researcher for the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team and presenter for the Institute for…

Remembering Billy Frank Jr.

The Institute for Community Leadership expresses the profound sadness of our students, board and staff over the passing of Billy Frank Jr. We express our condolences to…



Why should you make a donation?

The Institute helps schools and educators serve more students well. We assist youth in developing their own vision for America, and teach them the academic and social skills necessary for their vision to come into reality.

What does your donation go towards?

Enabling educators, professionals, and young people to deeply engage in current events and in the study of contradictions in society that impact our lives on a day-to-day basis. Your donation may be directed to a specific project or activity. General organizational support is also appreciated.

Frequently asked questions


Who do you work with?

Home based programming serves young people ages 14-24 of Washington State, with a focus on South King County.


Can my child get involved?

Contact: The ICL classes and programs for students help our young people become part of this dialogue– and help them become part of the solution. Please contact: Eric Fuller, (253) 867-7600 or at Eric@icleadership.org Martha Troujo at (253) 872-3612 or Martha@icleadership.org


Do you work with educators?

Yes, we do! We provide classes and programming with schools and community organizations in more than 100 school districts in 17 states and five countries.


How can I get involved?

Well, thanks for asking. You can call us at (253) 872-3612, join our email list by filling out the form at the bottom of the page, to keep up with events!


contact information

  • Education Center

    24833 180th Ave SE Kent, WA 98042

  • Office Numbers

    Phone: (253) 872-3612 | Fax: (425) 671-0998

  • Hours of Operation

    8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily

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