Our Champions

The Leaders of Tomorrow Supporting the Leaders of Today

Our supporters serve as both the heart and backbone of all ICL programs. With the aid of our champions, renowned world figures who contribute their time and experience to work with students at leadership academies and conferences, and our funders whose generous donations provide financial assistance to hundreds of students every year, the Institute for Civic Leadership is able to execute the initiatives and programs that present the future of our world with opportunities to grow into the leaders of tomorrow.

Michael Bloomberg
Wyclef Jean
Al Gore
Malcolm Gladwell
Monica Seles
Kofi Anan
Tommy Haas
Tom Freston
Dr. Ellen Futter
Brandon Short
Bode Miller
Jaime Lynn Sigler
David Dinkins
Brian Vickers
Dhani Jones
Sergei Lavrov
Keith "Wildchild" Middleton
Antonio "LA" Reid
Sir Jeremy Greenstock
Ray Kelly

Speaker Series & Conferences

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Awakening the Spirit of Leadership in Young People

One of the mainstays of the ICL since its inception is our renowned speakers series. This program affords students who have been recognized by their own educational institutions as aspiring social entrepreneurs with the chance to learn from recognized global leaders. These conferences and youth summits provide students with the opportunity to not only express their ideas and hopes for a better world and environment, but to also gain experience working alongside notable individuals who have achieved success in their fields of interest – from politicians and princes to authors and artists. These interactive experiences showcase how established leaders have achieved success through harnessing personal passions and serve as a pragmatic guide so young people so they can achieve the same results.

Both students and educators are encouraged to participate in this ongoing leadership speaker series, which has taken place in such notable locations as the world-renowned American Museum of Natural History and the United Nations. Past speakers at the conference have included former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Author Malcolm Gladwell, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, HRH Princess Reema Bandar, NFL greats Dhani Jones and Brandon Short, music industry legends Wyclef Jean and Russel Simmons, and many more…


The ICL has won numerous awards and accolades from around the world, including:


– Rowan Blanchard nominated for 2015 Feminist Celebrity of the Year by Ms. Foundation for Women and Cosmopolitan & Yara Shehidi won glamour ‘new voice award’


The ICL became a fully accredited high school, allowing its mission to expand to hundreds more inspired student leaders.

The ICL opened the ICL Academy for Film and Performing Arts in Los Angeles, CA.


– The ICL opened the ICL Champions Academy in East Harlem, New York.    

2011, 2012 & 2013

– The ICL taught its leadership curriculum to hundreds of students throughout the summer. Thousands of lives were touched in over 30 countries by ICL service projects.


– The ICL launched a leadership academy designed to teach social entrepreneurship skills in New York, Vancouver, and Los Angeles.


– Awarded International Humanitarian service prize for ICL work in Costa Rica.


– Brought the first student delegation to Saudi Arabia speaking at the King Faisal Academy and meeting with then governor of Riyadh, now current King of Saudi Arabia, to discuss humanitarian and environmental issues facing the next generation. 


– The ICL opened the Nasdaq Stock Exchange in Times Square.

– 6 ICL students have been awarded the congressional medal of service


– The ICL won the Dale Earnhardt Award for outstanding community leadership and service work.


– The ICL helped rebuild ten schools devastated by the tsunami in Thailand


– Awarded the prince of Wales service prize.

– Six consecutive youth summits at the United Nations with over 20 UN ambas sadors participating.


– Won the coveted Hagarth Award for Peace.


– Selected as a UN partner organization for Outstanding Youth Leadership.

– ICL was selected to hold 8 consecutive dare to dream summits at the United Nations