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PROBLEM.  Socio-economic and geographic disparity between students able to receive high-quality education and training.


The ICL Foundation supports education, competition and training, no matter where our students live or train across the country.



PROBLEM.  Traditional schools don't focus on character and leadership training, which helps deal with the mental health crisis.

SOLUTION: CHARACTER & LEADERSHIP ICL's award-winning character and leadership program, co-created by renowned sports psychiatrist Dr. Jim Loehr.

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PROBLEM.  Lack of student engagement in traditional schooling.

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ICL's Impact Learning Model blends world-class academics, tailored to student passion, powered by cutting edge technology.

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Our Mission

The 6 P's Model

The cornerstone of the ICL Champion Legacy Series is the “6 P model”: Passion, Purpose, Process, Perspective, Persistence, Personalization.  This model was developed by Kirk Spahn, creator of the award-winning Impact Learning Model, and founder of the Institute for Civic Leadership.

The ICL Legacy Series is directed/produced by Joseph Itaya, Professor of Communication at the University of Southern California, and founder of Legacy Films.  A lifelong educator, award-winning filmmaker, and curriculum design expert, Joseph has produced industry-leading multi-media legacy programs for 20 years, helping individuals, families, and organizations craft their story and process.

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PROBLEM.  High-achieving students don't have the support from traditional education to achieve their goals.

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The ICL Foundation supports accredited incubator school ICL Academy to inspire, educate, and support high achieving students.


PROBLEM.  Current education models lack inspiration and connection to key mentors and role models - who also don't have a platform to directly educate youth.



ICL provides direct mentorship from global icons and world champions across a wide spectrum of backgrounds and industries.


ICL Impact Projects embody the belief that every action can make a difference, and serve as a testament to the potential of human agency and dedication.

Our Mission

Addressing Real-World Problems

ICL Impact Projects target issues such as poverty, inequality, environmental degradation, healthcare disparities, and education gaps. By focusing on these pressing challenges, Impact Projects showcase the power of youth outside the classroom to provide tangible solutions and create a sense of urgency in addressing them.  

Inspiring Change and Empowerment

Students don’t simply study theories of change, they become agents of change.  The journey to create an Impact Project demands self-initiative and empowerment at both individual and community levels.  Tackling issues close to our students’ hearts is a transformative experience. It empowers our students to take ownership of problems and contribute to solutions, fostering a sense of agency and purpose. 


Driving Innovation and Collaboration

Impact Projects push individuals and organizations to explore new ways of solving problems, whether through technology, social entrepreneurship, or novel approaches to longstanding issues. This fosters creativity and cooperation, which are essential for progress in any field.

Creating a Ripple Effect

Impact Projects inspire others to take action, spurring a chain reaction of positive change. This amplification of impact multiplies the project's significance and contributes to a collective movement towards a better world.

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Our Mission

The old learning model: Uniformity, Standardization

The Industrial Revolution brought about radical changes in the economy and society. It saw the emergence of factories as centers of production, and the demand for skilled labor grew exponentially. 

Factory owners and industrialists recognized the need for a workforce that could adapt to the mechanized world of the factory. They supported the establishment of schools that emphasized basic literacy, mathematics, and discipline. These schools aimed to produce obedient and reliable factory workers who could follow instructions and adhere to strict schedules.

The shift in education to train factory workers had profound consequences for society. It laid the foundation for modern education systems characterized by structured curricula, standardized testing, and compulsory attendance.  For nearly 200 years, the factory model of education became the norm, focusing on uniformity, standardized textbooks, and the development of skills suited for an industrial society.  

Curriculum and education have been at the center of ICL since our inception.  We developed an award-winning, two-week youth leadership curriculum which was taught as an accredited elective, as a summer leadership program, and produced with non-profit partners.  However, we knew that we wanted to scale our offering to provide a more permanent, flexible solution for our students.

In 2016, ICL Academy began - a fully accredited online middle and high school.  Powered by tech and dynamic multi-media, the Academy's educational model adapts to individual learning styles, interests, and strengths.  This model helps students meet the evolving demands of the global economy, emphasizing not only the acquisition of skills but also critical thinking, creativity, and adaptability in a rapidly changing world.

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It is time to shift away from the ‘1-size-fits-all’,
text-based education model.

Recognizing that students appreciate the human element of a teacher’s encouraging presence, we have gone beyond the standard text-based A.I. chatbot.  Our A.I. Teaching Assistant has a photo-real face and human voice.  Questions are answered verbally and also in text, to support both visual and auditory learning preferences.

Our new education model will help students meet the evolving demands of the global economy, emphasizing not only the acquisition of skills but also critical thinking, creativity, and adaptability in a rapidly changing world.

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