Institute for Community Leadership
Create Peace, Construct Community and Strengthen Democracy


Community involves people coming together.  Teaching and learning to strengthen community provides important opportunities to develop social skills, problem solve, and learn about, and serve others.

The Institute for Community Leadership works with young people and families to increase engagement in meaningful community opportunities that result in positive change.   The approach focuses on cultural diversity, communication, civic engagement, and service–oriented projects.

Conducts that are associated with service and civic participation can be taught and learned.  Research shows that the practice of these conducts results in character development and consciousness raising, which in turn leads to development of self–esteem, other-interestedness, mutuality, and care for the physical environment. Research also shows that pro-social teaching and learning improves academic standing, and college readiness and degree completion rates.

Current programs at ICL include Democracy Education classes (and teacher trainings), cultural exchanges, civic action, studying the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and understanding the interrelated histories of our diverse peoples.

Combating Childhood Diabetes and Obesity

Eric Fuller harvesting organic raspberries from the O'Dell Education center.

Students and staff harvest fresh organic fruits and vegatables they've grown at ICL's

O'Dell Education Center.

Silence Doesn't Save You

Yajaira, Age: 17

Shhh... Hush don't say a word,

What you say doesn't matter

You're stupid, dumb, and don't make sense,

Is the mentaity of most,

Speak up aloud porfavor because you do matter,

Help change the world,

yes plese do,

Help change America,

Because for one, silence doesn't save you,

Reflection, complection, dont known what to do,

Separation, collaboration, mind slowly slowens,

St st st st stutter but remember to always keep your power,

 Left side brain low filled with ideas,

Doesn't do any use to us when you are completely silent,

Silence is the key to being universal,

 Silence is deep and meaningful but silence is personal,

Other-interestedness is the idea the key to the concept,

Just acknowldge the fact that you are not standing up for those who are being silenced,

Devilish evil ways, metaphorically speaking we havent't been going the right way,

Sience steals your power,

 Silence shouldn't be what matters,

Time to think and speak you up your/our words so together we can change this world.

Life is not measured

Haley, Age: 15

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, the miles we walk, the blinking of our eyes, or even the years until our physical decease.Our lives are measured by the breaths and momenets that take our breath away. The life span of a person is irrelevant to how much they lived and experienced.The longest life could be ended in a few short years,and the shorestest a century. if you use time as the entity that declares how much you have lived, no life life could ever be long enough.

we can celebratea birthday that marks each irrevalent year. Yet we must rememeber to mark not just the years,but also the moments in our lives we never wish to leave. Each beautiful moment should pass with our breath chilling along. If we live so long that all our breath is taken away by beauty, then the measuring years need not to be considered.


Institute for Community Leadership | Phone: 253.872.3612 | Toll free: 877.872.3612 | 24833 180th Ave Se Kent WA 98042