PROGRAMS WE OFFER
Shaping the Leaders of Tomorrow
L.E.A.D. (LEADERSHIP EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT)
Building a Better Future
L.E.A.D. (Leadership Exploration And Development) is our flagship program. L.E.A.D. is an 11-month leadership development program offering participants a unique opportunity to build strong leadership skills coupled with personal growth. The program empowers young people to develop research-based insights so they can drive innovations that address pressing challenges in their community.
The L.E.A.D. program revolves around a structured process that has youth in grades 9 through 12 identify a significant community or school challenge and then under the guidance of the leadership development and research experts at IINII create and carry out an inspiration plan designed to solve the challenge. The inspiration plan is a doctoral level scholarly document that will be submitted to professional journals for publication and can be used by the student to demonstrate the highest levels of leadership development and academic preparation for college admissions.
Admissions into the L.E.A.D. program is extremely competitive and has a limited number of available spots. The academic rigor and time commitment required for participation is exceptionally challenging. Participants begin their leadership development journey by attending a 5-day seminar designed to lay the foundation of their scholarly work and to establish a synergistic connection with their cohort members. Following the L.E.A.D. seminar, participants meet multiple times weekly with their IINII guide, as well as with their whole cohort.
Upon successful completion of the L.E.A.D. program, participants are invited to continue their leadership development journey through IINII with the same academic rigor and time commitment experienced during the initial L.E.A.D. program at no additional costs.
T.A.S.S.E.L. (TEACHING ALL STUDENTS SUCCESS EVERY DAY FOR LIFE)
Shaping the Leaders of Tomorrow
T.A.S.S.E.L. (Teaching All Students Success Every day for Life) is our flagship schoolwide program. T.A.S.S.E.L. is a leadership development program offering student groups a unique opportunity to build strong leadership skills coupled with personal growth. The program empowers young people to develop research-based insights so they can drive innovations that address pressing challenges in their school.
The T.A.S.S.E.L. program revolves around a structured process that has youth in all levels of schooling identify a significant school challenge and then under the guidance of the leadership development and research experts at IINII create and carry out an inspiration plan designed to solve the challenge.
The staff at IINII are skillful at helping student groups, school administrators and school boards develop meaningful processes for drastically improving the school connectedness for students, employees, and parents. School connectedness is a protective factor that helps young people overcome stressful situations that often times negatively impacts youth mental health; reduces teacher burnout and increases parental engagement.
BULLYING INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION
Making a Difference One Child at a Time
The experienced staff at IINII are skillful at helping school districts develop customized, strength-based bullying intervention and prevention programs that are proven to drastically reduce the prevalence of bullying incidences experienced by young people. The bullying intervention and prevention development process used by IINII is grounded in our belief that the most successful bullying intervention and prevention models are based on the inclusion of both the contemporary and traditional values expressed by the community delivered through a restorative practice model.
Every day in America, more than 300,000 children experience bullying as either victim, perpetrator, or by-stander resulting in nearly 160,000 young people missing school every day (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2016). There is a strong connection between bullying and suicide-related behaviors, but this association is often influenced by other elements, including depression, violent behavior, and substance abuse (Reed, Nugent, & Cooper, 2015). Students who bully other students are bullied, or witness bullying is more likely to suffer severe mental health issues and report high levels of suicide-related behavior when compared to students who report no involvement in bullying (Center for Disease Control, 2014).
The IINII development process is extensive and requires a three-year school district commitment. During the first year of the development process, research experts from IINII conduct a comprehensive community-wide values exploration study and begin the process of schoolwide restorative practices training. The second year is highlighted by piloting and evaluating the initial bullying intervention and prevention model in a limited number of classrooms. And, during year three the customized bullying intervention and prevention model is implemented and evaluated throughout the entire school. The staff at IINII is also available to provide the school district with continued support and their professional development needs.
YOUTH-CENTERED RESEARCH, AND POLICY GUIDANCE
Helping form the Future of America
The experienced staff at IINII provide comprehensive research and evaluation service to help you optimize your youth-focused organization. The IINII process includes best practices research, quality effectiveness development, cost-benefit analysis, age appropriateness programming development, trauma-informed programming analysis, and community and participants’ perceptions. The staff at IINII can build the capacity of all leadership and staff serving youth and help you grow into a vibrant youth-centered organization for young people to flourish.