Changing Ourselves Through Being a Part of the Solution,
the Institute for Community Leadership’s new, short document on its pedagogy


From A Kitchen in the World House Book Cover

View our interactive cookbook From a Kitchen in the World House.

ICL students produced From a Kitchen in the World House cultural recipe exchange book entirely during COVID. The book project was organized by 30 students, representing 23 languages and 19 countries. They exchanged a cultural recipe from a grandparent or parent with another ICL student of a different race or nationality, cooked their partner’s recipe in their home, and served it to their family. They reflected on their experience in the writings enclosed. From a Kitchen highlights Dr. King’s World House concept that through science and technology our world has been brought together into a worldwide neighborhood; Dr. King calls us to turn this worldwide neighborhood into a brotherhood and sisterhood. Students share From a Kitchen in regular book readings and public events. From a Kitchen in a World House is available for purchase for $20. Please contact us to arrange a book reading or to purchase a book.

Our Mission

The Institute for Community Leadership assists individuals, schools, and organizations envision a more just nation and world, and develop and sustain the strength, discipline, leadership, relationships, and organizational integrity to bring that vision into reality.


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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.


Community Organizer

Join a personally-transforming effort to strengthen democracy. The Institute for Community Leadership brings best practices from our nation’s civil rights and organized labor movements to the forefront in community education, training, and practice. Learn from distinguished elected officials, civil rights luminaries, and local and national leaders. Create cultural exchanges to cities, towns, and Tribal Nations throughout the West Coast and the nation. Organize diverse leaders, educators, families and students.

Click here, Seeking a Community Organizer to view the job description and apply.

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Life and Legacy of Dr. King Academy

Contribute today to a young person’s self-transformation.

This December 26 through January 1, the Institute for Community Leadership commences its 27th year of the dynamic Life and Legacy of Dr. King Academy. Young people and adults carry out an intensive, week-long study of the contributions of Dr. King and their relationship to how we live our lives today.

We hope that we can count on you to support our individual and collective efforts.

The Life and Legacy of Dr. King Academy engages young people in the study and practice of Dr. King’s nonviolence as a way-of-life — including the development of self-control, a dedication to life-long learning, and the constant pursuit of truth and justice.

In our intensive residential and daytime academies, students participate in leadership seminars with civil rights luminaries, study rare historical footage, read, write, and dialogue in interactive workshops. They prepare speeches and discussions on Dr. King’s legacy to present throughout the year.

The Life and Legacy of Dr. King Academy is student-centric and interactive. Washington State students work hand-in-hand in a cultural exchange format with young people from California and Alabama.

For those who are able to contribute $100 or more, we would like to send a hard copy thank you gift of our most recent publication, From a Kitchen in the World House. In addition to sharing cultural and heritage recipes of our students and their families, the book features beautiful photos and writings of the democracy-saving work of our young people.

The Institute for Community Leadership’s mission is to promote democracy and increase social and economic justice by teaching and equipping young people to be lifelong, active participants in a dynamic, fair and equitable democratic process.

THANK YOU for considering making a contribution to this life-saving effort.
“Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for civil rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For more information or to donate, please visit our “DONATE” page

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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 Puget Sound.


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: Dr. Nyla Rosen at 253 508 3250 or


Do you work with educators?

Yes we do! The Institute provides classes and professional development for educators in schools and districts across the United States. Professional development includes: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement, Teaching Democracy, Engaging individuals from diverse races, cultures, and economic stations, Personal transformation through social participation, Community-based intrinsic motivation: inspiring interconnection, self-confidence, and caring for others. We also coordinate with educators in school districts throughout Washington and California to nominates students for our classes and initiatives.


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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