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  • About Us

    Our Mission

    LI is a non-profit organization that provides hands-on, character-based, measurable leadership training and development to children and youth. Our mission is to provide an interactive, fun and safe environment in which children and youth learn leadership skills necessary to be agents of change that impact our community with excellence and integrity.

    How We Got Started

    The Challenge

    One of the greater challenges of our times is a shortage of character-driven effective leaders. These challenges are visible across all industries. In business, many accomplished persons have challenges in interpersonal relationships. In sports, some of the greater athletes are also drug users. In government, we have many politicians, but very few statesmen. Character-based leadership training is needed, and we need to start with the young.

    While there are many great leadership programs, too often they are reactionary and not enough of them focus on youth. When there are leadership programs for youth, the activities rarely have real measurable results. The youth learn a few things about leadership and have fun, but are not really prepared to take up "the invisible gavel of leadership" through their next stages of life.

    What We Do

    Our Solution to the Challenge

    Our solution to the lack of character based leadership and low standard of excellence that plagues every industry that touches our lives is to create a place where students thrive. A place where students begin to see themselves in relation to others; a place where students learn about themselves and how to positively relate to people and places different from their own experience; a place where students commit to a life of moral character and integrity; a place where students are motivated to work hard and succeed in order to make our world a better place. When students thrive, they change the world.

  • Our Board And CEO

    John Mumford

    Chairman of the Board

    John Mumford is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy of West Point, NY. He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Europe for three years, for two tours of duty in Vietnam - first as and Advisor to the Army of South Vietnam and an Area Engineer and later as Management officer for the 143 bases and camps occupied by U.S. Forces. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with the Oak Leaf Cluster, and numerous other medals.


    John was appointed Project Administrator for the construction of Walt Disney World in Florida, was Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Department of Labor and has assisted more than 100 public and private clients.


    John received and MBA from Harvard University.

    Nathean Meadows

    Board Member

    Spending over 10 years of his working career operating and supervising various sports programs and sports retail entities in the UK, Nathean developed a love for serving others and seeing other fulfill their goals through recreational activities.


    For 20 summers, Nathean worked as camp counselor, Head Counselor, Assistant Director and Executive Director of Camp Sonshine, one of the nation's largest christian day camps, as well as, the favorite camp for thousands of children and teens of Montgomery, Howard and Prince George counties, to attend each summer. To date, Nathean is still passionate about the mission of Camp of "creating fun memories where children and youth experience God's love."


    After serving at Camps Sonshine, Nathean stepped into a new role of IT&Network Services to pursue his passion in technology.


    Nathean is an avid sports fan and especially enjoys long-distance running in addition to his first love of playing and coaching soccer. Nathean is a nationally certified soccer and basketball coach in the UK and United States.


    This passion for sports has opened up opportunities of international missions work using soccer as a tool to reach the young people of poverty stricken nations such as Mongolia and Bolivia.


    Nathean is the proud father of Isaiah Kai who brightens each moment with his infectious attitude, sweet spirit and fun-loving demeanor.



    Stephanie Clark

    Chief Executive Officer

    Stephanie Clark, the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Leaders Institute, began her work in youth development at Howard University to obtaining a B.S in child development and M.S. in Program Management from the University of Maryland, College Park.


    During her course of study, Stephanie discovered the fundamental difference between people who do great things and people who don't. People who do great things think they can. Being the cognitive behavior theorist that she is, Stephanie, along with her husband Bruce, founded the Leaders Institute with the thought "If I can teach and empower kids to do great things early, they will rise to the occasion and change the world." Stephanie did not stop there, she went even further with the thought, "...and if I can teach them the importance of doing the basics of loving God; telling the truth; keeping their word; being kind; caring for themselves; caring for others; and doing those things the very best way that they can, this world would be a better place."

  • Our Programs

    What Students Learn

    Whether enrolled in our 12 session course or attending a leadership training workshop, students learn:

    • The power of their capacity to change the world.
    • Ethical practices in demand by leading Colleges, Universities and Fortune 500 Companies in the nation.
    • Elements of personal and professional etiquette.
    • Project/program planning and execution skills.
    • Project and team management skills.

    Types of Programs We Offer



    Quarterly Courses



    School Clubs



  • Our Partners

    Non Profits

    We partner with other youth serving non-profits to bring quality programming to the under-served. Here at LI, regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, physical or cognitive challenges, a student who wants to better themselves and the world around them deserves the opportunity and training to do just that. To date, our non-profit partners are;

    • YMCA Youth and Family Services;
    • Latin American Youth Center.

    To become a non-profit partner, click here. We are Leaders Institute, empowering change agents to impact their community with excellence and relevance.


    We partner with schools and Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) to facilitate student driven leadership clubs to develop the skills and community engagement that colleges and leading corporations look for. Current school partners are:

    • Bethesda - Chevy Chase High School

    To become a school partner, click here. We are Leaders Institute, empowering change agents to impact their community with excellence and relevance.

    Churches & Communities

    We believe that effective change occurs from the inside out. We host courses within churches and local communities giving families convenient access to leadership development for their student. Our signature program is housed at Advance Church, complete with leadership classes, mentoring, job shadowing and performing arts programs to develop a well rounded leader. To view our current course offerings and locations, click here.


    To bring a course to your church or community, click here. We are Leaders Institute, empowering change agents to impact their community with excellence and relevance.



    Businesses look for leadership qualities they can trust. We work with local corporations to design student internships that boost student resumes, while providing early access to promising recruits. To become a business partner, click here. We are Leaders Institute, empowering change agents to impact their community with excellence and relevance.

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  • Here's what people are saying about us.


    Note: For safety reasons, names of our students are not included.

    "I never thought leadership training could be so much fun! From business etiquette training, to public speaking, project planning and so much more. Who knew I would get all that and still have fun.”


    “Before LI, I never would have imagined leading a project that helped provide over 5,000 tons of food for children and families in need.”


    “As a result of being enrolled in LI, my resume is stacked with accomplishments going into college.”


    “Being able to use LI to vouch for my character and community impact activities for college recommendations definitely helped me obtain a few scholarships.”



    "Thank you for all of your guidance and support for my daughter." 

    Nha Vo


    "When it comes to promoting LI, it's personal. Both of my children have developed into kind and compassionate leaders right before my very eyes."

    Sharon Bryant Zimmerman



    "You do great work with the students. It is a great program."

    Assistant Principal Sharif Robinson


    "We have been so fortunate to have you as a partner over the past few years and will be working to secure funding for future collaboration." 

    Jacob Newman LAYC/MMYC


    "They (the students) enjoyed it. Staff felt that what you taught and reviewed with the students was applicable and contained information that could be used immediately in working with their capstones."

    Marhonda Williams, Montgomery County Recreation Department

  • Join Our Team

    We'd love to have you a part of our team. Together, we are better, bigger, stronger!

    Become a Partner or Sponsor

    Be it on a personal or professional basis, the lack of character-driven leadership affects us all. Our solution, character-based leadership training starting with the young. On behalf of the Advisory Board and CEO of the Leaders Institute, we invite you to become a sponsor to develop leaders who uphold a standard of leadership that our nation can trust. We cannot do it alone. We welcome both individual and corporate partners to come along side of us. Together, we are bigger, better and stronger.

    • To become an individual sponsor, click here.
    • To become a corporate partner, click here.

    Become an Intern 

    Are you passionate about working with children and youth? Are you a business, marketing, sociology, education or youth development major? Do you like to have fun while impacting the community? Leaders Institute may be the place for you!


    Here at the Leaders Institute, interns are considered management staff. While interning with us, you gain:

    • management skills that will cause you to excel in other areas of business;
    • business experience as you make lasting connections with professional in variety of spheres of influence;
    • marketing and public relations experience as you promote and maintain our organization's platform;
    • sociology experience as you engage in firsthand community development and assessments;
    • education experience as you develop and execute a curriculum to meet program goals; and
    • strategic planning experience to ensure mission outcomes and long term sustainability.
    Sounds like a place you would like to be, click here to fill out an application or email us at info@leadersinstitutemd.org for questions or to submit your cover letter and resume.


  • Contact Us

    Don't be afraid to reach out. You + us = awesome.

    7201 Wisconsin Ave., Ste. #440
    Bethesda, MD 20814
  • Run for Freedom

    5K walk/run for immigrant families

    Leaders Institute@B-CC Presents

    Run for Freedom

    Come run with families and friends to protect the human rights of immigrant children and families facing deportation from the United States.


    When: May 5, 2018


    Wheaton Regional Park

    2002 Shorefield Rd.

    Silver Spring, MD

    Time: 8:30am

    Entry Fee: $25.00


    For more information contact: Jessica at info@leadersinstitutemd.org

    Register to Run/Donate Here

  • Hello and Welcome to
    LI International


    Do something awesome! Travel with purpose! Become a part of the student leadership team that wants to be in the forefront of seeking lasting solutions to critical global issues. Join us at LI International.


    Who We Are

    LI International is the international arm of the Leaders Institute where students develop leadership skills through the design and implementation of community impact projects around the world. As a result, student leaders develop a deeper understanding of the world and discover their ability to create meaningful impact.


    Our Commitment

    Our commitment is to connect you with exceptional educators, who are deeply committed to providing learning experiences that are culturally sensitive, ethically sound and transformative. We are committed to fostering an environment that seeks answers to critical questions about ourselves and the world as a platform for powerful learning.


    The LI International Experience

    Travel, learn and work with an exceptional group of student leaders and program staff to enhance international understanding and foster friendships through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities. Through the exchange of ideas and experiences with people of different countries and diverse cultures, you will not only see the world, but will be an active force in creating and sustaining positive impact globally.


    Cultural Immersion

    LI International@Moldova features homestays, sightseeing, local eats and community engagement. By hosting a leadership camp, LI@Moldova students foster an appreciation for diversity and an understanding of complex global issues affecting the local community.


    Types of Students We Are Looking For

    Leadership is being extraordinary, so we’re looking for not-so-ordinary leaders to join us. Do you believe that a true educational travel experience is more than just seeing tourist sites? Do you want to be immersed in a new culture and connect with new people? If you answered yes, then you’re our type of student leader.


    LI International in Moldova

    Impact the lives of orphans in Moldova at the Orphans Hands. Be a part of a team of student leaders and staff who will actively engage in field based learning by hosting a week long leadership camp for at risk and human traffiked survivors. Join us in Moldova June 15 - June 22nd.


    What to Expect

    We want you to have a life-changing experience in Moldova. To help facilitate that experience, here is what you can expect when you become a part of our phenomenal student leadership team.

    • Cultural sensitivity training to learn to communicate across language barriers and effectively immerse yourself in a new culture.
    • Health & safety training.
    • Team building exercises to unite your group.
    • Project planning sessions.
    • Homestays, sightseeing, local eats and community engagement in Moldova. 
    • A success adviser to be your support and personal cheerleader every step of the way.

    Deadline for enrollment is April 20th


    Tuition: $2,500.00/person

    The tuition represents the cost of ensuring safety, providing qualified staff and ensuring appropriate learning environments.


    What’s included/What’s Not: Flight, transportation, food and shelter are all included in the cost. The students may want to bring $50- $150 for souvenirs and other gifts they may want to bring back from Moldova. Additional money would also be needed if the students plan to bring more than one checked bag.


    Tuition Cost Structure

    • International travel $1,300.0 (includes: domestic travel, any unforeseen incidentals and ticket price fluctuations): 
      • Food, lodging, sightseeing and local travel: $900.00
      • Staffing: $300.00

    Payment Information

    • $300 non-refundable deposit fee required 2 weeks after receipt of acceptance
    • May 18th complete payment due
      • Suggested payment schedule:
        • End of Feb: $550
        • End of March: $550
        • End of April: $550
        • End of May: $550

    Cancellation and Refund Policy:

    • If you cancel within 90 days before the trip: 50% refund
    • If you cancel within 60 days before: 30% refund
    • If you cancel within 45 days before: No refund

    Group Size

    For the optimal International experience, group sizes consists of 10 to 15 students with a 1:5 staff to student ratio.



    We are deeply committed to ensure the LI International experience is accessible to all students regardless of financial need. As a youth leadership development and training organization, we raise funds to provide need-based scholarships whenever possible.



    We understand that the cost may be a bit steep, so we encourage fundraising in order to raise money. Once accepted, your Success Adviser will provide fundraising ideas and options to help you along the way.


    Application process

    Excited and ready to join us? Here is what is next. Click here to fill out an application. Within 2 weeks of your submission, you will be contacted for an interview and asked to submit a few references. Then just standby, we will be in touch with your next steps.


    If you are unsure about the program or have questions, feel free to contact us via email at info@leadersinstitutemd.org or call 301.655.9679. We are here for you.

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