FACE YOUR CHALLENGE
Shaping the Future of Youth
IINII is the leading youth leadership development organization in the United States - inspiring youth to embrace their true identity while unleashing their inner potential. Our programs help our youth shape their own values, while providing them with all the tools, resources and support they need in order to evolve into confident leaders tomorrow. We welcome you to learn more about how we make a difference in children’s lives.
Impacting the Lives of Youth
IINII is founded on the principle that facing challenges head-on is a way of life. At IINII, we care about what we do and strive to empower the lives of youth across America through our life-changing programs. We help shape our youth into young leaders of the future so they walk out of our doors prepared to take on whatever comes their way. Take a look at our variety of services, and learn more about everything we have to offer.
COLLEGE ADMISSIONS LEADERSHIP EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Nurturing Future Leaders
The college admission process has become increasingly more complex and competitive. Students seeking admission to top colleges quickly learn that securing a spot is more than just test scores and grades. The student needs to be able to demonstrate a unique set of characteristics that separates them from other applicants. IINII is the only youth-centered organization dedicated to using a revolutionary Design Thinking process to help students produce a doctoral level research project that demonstrates the highest levels of scholarly and leadership development. The L.E.A.D. (Leadership Exploration And Development) process empowers students to identify an innovation to solve community or school challenges. Students accepted to the competitively-based L.E.A.D. program work under the guidance of IINII research experts to conduct an action research project that results in the production of a publishable research document.
SCHOOL-CENTERED LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT (T.A.S.S.E.L.)
Building a Better Future
IINII empowers youth across America to reach their fullest potential through a wide range of leadership development services. We care about our children and provide them with enrichment programs designed to help shape their identity. T.A.S.S.E.L. (Teaching All Students Success Every day for Life) is our flagship schoolwide program. Come experience it for yourself today!
YOUTH VICTIMS OF CRIME LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE
Making a Difference One Child at a Time
IINII established and operates the Youth Victims of Crime Leadership Development Initiative. Young people experience the highest levels of violence and victimization in America, yet they have the least amount of rights, protections, or services. The Youth Victims of Crime Leadership Development Initiative aims to help young people develop the skills needed to advocate for and advance their rights.
BULLYING INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION
Building Compassionate Leaders
The experienced staff at IINII use a revolutionary Design Thinking model crafted to create a personalized bullying prevention program customized to the unique values expressed in and around the school community delivered through a restorative practices model. The bullying prevention programs developed by IINII are guaranteed to significantly improve your students' self-efficacy and increase school connectedness resulting in happier and healthier children.
YOUTH-CENTERED RESEARCH, AND POLICY GUIDANCE
Shaping the Leaders of Tomorrow
IINII is a national leader in providing assistance to youth organizations across America. The experienced staff at IINII offer evaluation services to help you determine the effectiveness of your policies and related youth-serving programs. IINII uses its revolutionary social and emotional learning matrix to assure the highest that all programming is trauma-sensitive.
Committed to Enriching the Lives of Youth
IINII pronounced (E-KNEE) is the Blackfoot Indian word for Bison. At IINII, the Bison is a metaphor that represents our core values. The symbolism of the Bison radiates the WILL to overcome adversity and atrocity and face our challenges. Bison are legendary in the animal kingdom for charging directly into an oncoming storm, instead of like other animals that attempt to outrun the storm. By running at the storm the Bison minimizing the amount of pain and frustration they experience from that storm. Too often, when humans face a personal storm, they also try to outrun the storm and as a result prolong their pain. We have a simple motto at IINII: Be the Bison and Face Your Challenge.
We believe that children are the very essence of the future. Who they are tomorrow is essentially the outcome of how they are raised and nurtured today. As the leading youth leadership development organization in the United States, we go above and beyond to provide our youth an empowering environment where they can fully embrace their identity and gain all the skills they need to be leaders tomorrow.
Our goals are to shape the way they live their lives and teach them the fundamentals of social responsibility, healthy living, and cultural acceptance. Curious to find out more about us and how you can get involved? Please browse our website and get in touch with us today.
MEET OUR TEAM
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Shawn Clark is the Founder and Executive Director of IINII. Mr. Clark specializes his consulting in effective teaching and learning systems. Mr. Clark is regarded as a school turnaround expert having designed and trademarked a unique instructional framework model. Mr. Clark has developed and delivered research-based, data-driven literacy plans proven to reinvent the academic programs and school culture at all levels of learning.
Mr. Clark served as an innovative and successful building level administrator for nineteen years and an engaging master classroom teacher for 6 years. Shawn’s invaluable firsthand school improvement implementation experience and approach have proven to drastically improve literacy in students and staff. In his last administrative position, he directed the successful implementation of a rigorous school improvement initiative. As part of our school improvement initiative he created and implemented a unique instructional framework circle closely tied to common-core fundamentals. Mr. Clark is also certified as proficient in knowledge and observational application of the Danielson Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument.
Mr. Clark also consults in other areas including school board strategy development, design, and implementation; administrator mentoring; instructional rounds; literacy plan development; data-based decision-making; professional development design and delivery; Common-Core alignment; Danielson Observation Rubric induction; multi-tiered systems of support; standards-based instruction; student voice application; school culture audits; family and community engagement.
Mr. Clark also serves as an adjunct professor in the field of educational leadership and new teacher induction programs, as well as mentoring new and experienced administrators while providing as a mentor for progressive school boards.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
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