Executive Director Letter

IYLF is Having a Great 2017!  

Dear Friends and Supporters of IYLF,  

It seems like just yesterday that myself, a couple of dedicated volunteers, and 18 bright eyed and promising young students gathered at the Collinwood library for our first program.  Together, we took the first step on thejourney of a lifetime.  This journey of learning and discovery has carried our students from destinations in Cleveland all the way to Québec, as they continue to gain valuable knowledge, skills, and experiences that empower them to discover new possibilities for their futures as engaged global citizens.    

Now, as the first quarter of our third year comes to a close, I couldn’t be more excited for the all of thewonderful opportunities that will manifest this year as we expand our presence in Cleveland and around the globe.   A few of this year’s highlights include:  

  • Expanding our network of international affiliates to include China, India, Morocco and more!  
  • Providing IYLF Prep program students with over 100 hours of some of the most engaging and innovative programming our city has to offer 
  •  Presenting our second annual High School Leadership Intensive & Global Forum focused on the critical issues of Climate Change and Environmental Stewardship  

…and it doesn’t stop there!  I am extremely grateful to you, our dedicated supporters, who provide us with the resources necessary to give our vision wings and to ensure that our critical work continues.  Here’s to a groundbreaking 2017!  


 Melinda R. Jackson, Founder & Executive Director