We seek to partner with Boston area public, private, and charter schools to recruit students into the Youth Leadership Initiative.  

Why should my school send students to InIt?

InIt benefits both the participating students and the sponsoring school partners. 

Benefits for students

  • InIt gives students the leadership and work skills to be successful in life. More than 88% of InIt’s 3,700 graduates have gone on to attend a four-year college. 
  • InIt is nationally recognized for its best practices in cultivating social and emotional learning skills such as teamwork, empathy, emotion management, responsibility, initiative, and problem solving in its participants. These life skills have been identified as essential for young people to thrive in college and in today’s workforce.
  • InIt alumni have higher high school graduation rates and enrollments to four-year colleges (88%) than their peers. The program builds students’ college admissions profiles, aiding them in pursuit of scholarships.

Benefits for your school community

  • InIt creates socially responsible leaders that are equipped and motivated to make positive change in their communities. By graduation, 71% of delegates know what they can do to help make their community a better place.
  • The program can serve as a foundation for your school’s or organization’s growing commitment to community service and student leadership development, or as a complement to existing programs.
  • Delegates create school-wide opportunities for learning and dialogue through club meetings, facilitated workshops, and assemblies. Last year’s InIt class reached a total of 600 other students through their community action projects.

How many students can participate from my school?

To maximize the program’s benefits for both students and school communities, we seeks to enroll delegations of 3-4 students from each partnering school. A full delegation of InIt students ensures that community action projects are effectively implemented and that students have a consistent group of peers with whom to share responsibilities, encouragement, and support.

What are my responsibilities as a partner school?

Successful student participation in InIt relies on a strong collaboration between InIt staff and partner schools. Partner responsibilities include:

1)  Help to identify young people from your school to apply for InIt. Traits of successful InIt students include: untapped leadership potential; interest in improving their school, neighborhood, or community; enthusiasm for connecting with people from different backgrounds; and, time to commit to all program activities.

2)  Identify an adult mentor/advisor who will serve as the primary contact for your school’s delegates and InIt staff

3)  Financially support delegates’ tuition, if applicable.

How is student participation financed?

Both the sponsoring school and the student’s family contribute to the cost of InIt participation. The fees for InIt participation vary based the type of school and the annual household income of the participating student. Contact the InIt program manager to find out more about the costs for InIt.

How and when do students apply?

Applications may be completed and submitted online.

Applications are still accepted on a rolling basis until all slots are filled. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible while space is still available. We will contact students to schedule an interview upon receiving their application.

With questions, contact Hannah at hmcmeekin@ywboston.org or 617-585-5489.

Do you have one-time programming for my school?

Yes! Based on popular demand, the InIt program now offers workshops and assemblies to classrooms and schools. These sessions are led by InIt staff and provide a wider student audience with education on social justice topics and skill building opportunities. 

Through interactive, experiential-based activities, this programming will:

  • Provide an opportunity for facilitated dialogue about challenging topics;
  • Raise awareness and increase knowledge about a particular social justice topic; and,
  • Create a culture of inclusion and open, honest conversation about social justice issues.