Our Mission

We partner with schools and organizations in communities impacted by violence and poverty to teach young people critical lifelong leadership skills, preparing them for college, career, and positive engagement in their communities.

our vision

We envision a society based on respect, compassion, and shared responsibility in which youth are engaged and empowered to succeed in school, in work, and in civic life.


We believe:

1. Youth impacted by violence and poverty, when given the opportunity and tools to lead in their communities, can improve their own lives and the lives of others.
2. Developing strong, positive relationships with other youth and with caring adults creates the conditions for positive transformation.
3. Passion -- when combined with humility, experience, and resolve -- is the foundation of leadership and success.
4. Project-based learning is essential to achieving engagement and empowerment.
5. Leadership programs should meet people where they are and be adaptable to a broad spectrum of youth and mentors.
6. In building strong, respectful, and effective partnerships with the schools, agencies, and professionals with whom we work.  


The positive impact that this program has had on our school climate and culture will serve our students as they continue their educational journey into high school and beyond.
— Principal John P. O'Connell, Mark Sheridan Math & Science Academy
Civic Leadership Foundation models excellence in facilitation and practices the difficult art of teaching compassion. They bring a youth-centered and thoughtful approach to the work they do, and their care for young people and the community of adults who engage them is evident in their approach.
— Emily Nott, Manager of Professional Development for After School Matters