The International Leadership Academy (ILA) for high school students and Jr.ILA for middle school students, is a dynamic summer leadership program that brings Fort Worth students together with students from our sister cities. The highly interactive curriculum celebrates global friendships between youth from Italy, Germany, Japan, Indonesia, Hungary, Mexico, Swaziland and China. Teachers, as well as local and international college interns, serve as facilitators, working with the students to discuss and creatively resolve global issues.
Offered each summer since 1989, ILA, the high school academy, is a two week international issues forum pairing students from each of our sister cities, together with Fort Worth youth. Students are housed in dorms on the TCU campus where most class activities are conducted. More than 125 students participate annually.
During a time of international conflict, ILA prepares youth to become global leaders – developing cultural understanding, leadership and communication skills. Through group activities the program is designed to facilitate dialogue and build individual relationships without regard to cultural differences and barriers, resulting in greater understanding and global activism. The 2013 theme, The World in HD (high definition in techno lingo), encourages students to explore views on how they see other cultures, understand global influences and its impact on world peace – how different people live in harmony and diversity. The academy takes place July 13-28, 2013. Benefits of Attending: