Attention All High School Students!



The 2017 Leadership Intensive & Global Forum is fast approaching, and is an experience you will not want to miss!  This year's conference focuses on the critical issues of Climate Change and Environmental Stewardship and will feature hands on leadership workshops, an environmental forum, prizes, special guests, food, fun and more.  Visit our "Events" page, or click the button below to register and reserve your spot.  This will surely be an unforgettable learning experience!   

See you on Saturday, November 4th!

-The IYLF Team

OUR JOURNEYYep, and we are proud !

Learning all about STEM

Students practicing their civil engineering skills during the “Tower Build” team...

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IYLF students had the opportunity to learn from experts and innovators...

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Play-ing Around

Touring the Connor Palace theatre at Playhouse Square Center, Cleveland.

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Bon Apétit!

Chef Gerry Grim of Edwin’s Leadership & Restaurant Institute teaching students...

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We Mean Business

Students presenting their business plans to a panel of local business...

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Student journaling after a day of new adventures and experiences. ...

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Kudos for IYLF!

"I have had the pleasure of partnering with IYLF this summer and fall. The program has given our youth opportunities to explore the world right in our own city. They have learned so much about leadership, team building, self awareness, and have been exposed to so many different cultures. The youth are so excited to be apart of such a wonderful program" -Malvina R. Coordinator of Youth Programs, Merrick House West

Welcome Fall!

Cider tasting at Patterson Fruit Farm's Fall Fun Fest

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Working Together

Students exploring team dynamics as they work together to accomplish group...

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The Vineyards of Château Hough

Students lend a hand in the vineyard while learning all about...

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“We can change the world!”

Students hard at work on their solution based community interventions for...

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International Cleveland!

Students explore international culture at the Cleveland Museum of Art

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Farm to Table Fresh

Students shop for produce and sample some of the freshest foods...

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Parent Perspectives

"The IYLF has impacted John's life in an extraordinary way. He has thought of different careers he can seek for his future. It has given him new experiences and great opportunities from a low income poverty based community. He is such an intelligent young man who needed a positive outlet to allow him to be his special self. I appreciate the program and the excellent dedicated people who sought out a plan to give these children hope of being successful in life. I love what it's done for John pertaining to elevating his thinking to reach past any expectations and achieve his goals." -Shamir R, mother of student John R.

About Us

The mission of the International Youth Leadership Foundation is to posture highly motivated students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds to be thought leaders and innovators in their future careers of choice. We plan to accomplish this through domestic and international programs that focus on career enrichment, cultural awareness, and globally conscious leadership. With our international focus, we plan to expose students to new cultures and destinations as well as aid in their development into globally competent citizens who are prepared to work across cultures to advance the global community.

Experience, travel- these are an education in themselves. -Euripides

Melinda Jackson

Melinda Jackson

Founder & Executive Director -Cleveland-area native Melinda R. Jackson received her B.A. from The Ohio State University in French Language and Literature.


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