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.

Areas of Work

Professional Development

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

Youth Otherness

ICL’s youth programming (YP) 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 (CL) 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.


  • “ICL offers a community of peers and adults that model high expectations for excellence, ethics, self-assuredness, and high expectations for social acumen.”

    Teacher Statement

  • “I would without doubt recommend its methods and jump at the chance to study further the methods of the Institute. The lessons learned that summer have remained with me to this day.”

    Teacher Statement

  • “I learned how to better connect with people, how to better speak in public through my heart and not just my head. I learned how to feel instead of how to only think. I learned that actions done first, before actually thinking, can have a profound effect on one’s development.

    ICL Student

  • “The work of ICL is akin to CPR. It recharges the vital organs, heart and mind in the participants. It breathes new life into the hopes and aspirations of the students.”

    Teacher Statement

  • “Among many other things, I learned healthy and helpful perspectives that help me confront life’s smallest and largest problems.”

    ICL Student

Latest Blogs


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…

Join Us

YP: Ongoing Saturday Leadership Class

  • Place: O’Dell Education Center
  • Time: September 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join ICL staff and fellow students at the O'Dell Education Center in Kent, WA for a two hour seminar EVERY SATURDAY! Boot up your leadership…

CL: Washington State Leadership Delegation

  • Place: Washington – Statewide
  • Time: August 9 - August 14

Travel the state of Washington; meet with corporate, government, and community leaders; develop analytical and critical thinking skills; hone skills for college and career; and…

PD: Psychology of Personal Technology

  • Place: Kent, WA
  • Time: October 1

Coming October 2015! Date TBA. Come back soon for more details!


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 is our goal for the community?

Teacher and student participants learn habits and conducts required for strong study habits. They increase self-confidence, speaking and writing skills, and demonstrate strong "people skills" required for meaningful leadership roles in community and school life.

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.

How do I donate?

Please click the button below to visit our donation page. Donation can be made through PayPal. If you prefer another means of donating, please reach out to the team!

Meet the team

Dr. Roy Wilson

Executive Director

Dr. Karen Bohlke

Director of Gov’t & External Relations

Dr. Nyla Rosen

Director of Operations

Eric Fuller

Director of Student Services

Sandra Stinson


Jose Barrera León

Facilities Manager

Stacie Balkaran

Gov’t and External Relations Staff

Martha Torujo

Student Services Staff

Maira Perez

Student Services Staff

Rebecca Guya

Student Services Staff

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. - 7:00 p.m. daily

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