For more information about InIt, please contact Julie Thayer at 617-585-5462 or email us

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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.


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Download an application here

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2014-2015 Partners

Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School

Boston Latin Academy

Boston Latin School

Boston Preparatory Charter School

Breakthrough Greater Boston

British School of Boston

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Cambridge School of Weston

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Fenway High School

KIPP Academy Lynn

Collegiate High School

John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science

Milton Academy

Milton High School

New Mission High School

St. John’s Preparatory School
Winsor School



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