For more information about InIt, please contact Kristy Luk at 617-585-5463 or Julie Thayer at 617-585-5462

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From Learning to Leading

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From Learning to Leading

  • YW Boston’s Youth Leadership Initiative (InIt) is a selective, ten-month teen development program that provides leadership and workplace skills and ignites a passion in high school students to create socially responsible communities.
  • InIt’s goal is to build students’ abilities to work across differences and design, implement, and engage other teens in a community action project. These projects address inequities in their schools, community groups and neighborhoods.
  • Administered by professionally-trained YW Boston staff and adult volunteers, the program introduces teens to peers from different racial, religious, socio-economic and geographic backgrounds and builds them into a network of student leaders who can affect change.
  • The program can serve as foundation to support a school or teen organization’s growing commitment to community service and/or student leadership development, or as a complement to existing programs.
  • InIt also builds students’ college admissions profile, aiding them in pursuit of acceptance and scholarships.  88% of InIt’s alumni have attended a four-year college.
  • Since its founding as Anytown 25 years ago, more than 3,700 students have graduated from the program. Alumni include Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson, Facebook executive Erick Tseng, astrophysicist Emmanuel Fonseca, National Urban Fellow Karla Acevedo, and Springfield Renaissance Charter School Principal Stephen Mahoney, among others.


Students: Click here to learn more and apply

Teachers/Adminstrators: Click here to learn more and nominate students

Volunteers: Click here to apply

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MATCH Public Charter High School

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Phoenix Charter Academy

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Tech Boston Academy

Walpole High School



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