The Institute for Leadership Education, Advancement, and Development, Inc., or I-LEAD, is a Pennsylvania nonprofit school, recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt, pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. I-LEAD was incorporated in July 1995, and obtained its recognition of tax exemption in April 1996. It was recognized as a tax-exempt school in October 2000.
I-LEAD is a community-based nonprofit school that works to improve local quality of life by helping to strengthen citizens as effective community leaders. Focusing on Pennsylvania's most challenged communities with respect to economic success, educational achievement, health status, and safety, our vision is to increase human capacity in these communities, to enable individuals to live up to their potential, and their communities to benefit from the increased capacity.
This is accomplished by focusing on three central goals: ■Helping our students build and practice a repertoire of important leadership skills—the skills entailed in effective dialogue, negotiation, creative leadership, systems thinking, speaking as a leader, and ethical leadership. ■Helping our students master certain bodies of supplemental information required for effective leadership, including knowledge of public systems, private systems, political leadership, group dynamics, and understanding technology. ■Assisting our students, partners and clients in envisioning and achieving tangible community-based leadership initiatives, in the areas of community leadership, education, community health, and technology proficiency.