About the Leadership Institute
The Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute (GBALI) is a coeducational part-time internship made available to all high school students of any ethnicity in the Baltimore area. The “Leadership Institute” was founded (2005) as, and continues to operate as, an exposure program, not a pure instructional program. Unlike the typical classroom environment, the students are given information, exposed to situations where the information is relevant and given the opportunity to act and respond. Those "acting and responding" students will be given an opportunity to participate in the GBALI "economy" and earn monetary stipends and other items & experiences.
The foundation of the Leadership Institute is the idea that success is defined by more than a career and a career is determined by more than education. Emphasis is not only placed on educational and career choices but also on the importance of interpersonal relationships and personal accountability to themselves and others. It has been described by previous students as “keeping it real,” yet honest, supportive and encouraging. Consequently, during their time in the program, the approximately 20-30 students (annually) will develop a more complete and stronger understanding of the relationship between personal decisions, career, friendships and family.
As it already has, this innovative program has the potential to touch a number of lives every year, not only by serving as a powerful internship and providing vital service experience for Baltimore area high school students, but it is our hope that this is the kind of program that will have a lasting impact on our communities. Though Gilman School is the host and Gilman alumni support and direct the Leadership Institute, it is not limited to Gilman students, Black students or boys. All students are welcome. Annually, the Leadership Institute convenes a coeducation group of students from various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. This diversity is a key to success and supports the values of the Leadership Institute.
Important Notes about the Leadership Institute
The 9th Annual Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute will meet weekly on Saturdays from 8:46am to 12:00pm beginning October 19, 2013, excluding holidays, school breaks and other selected days. Parents, Guardians & Family are strongly encouraged to attend the first 30 minutes of the first session. The final session (excluding the final community service project) will conclude at 1:30pm on Saturday, March 29, 2014, unless otherwise notified. Please, be aware that some sessions may include adult supervised off-campus travel, activities and business site visits. The Program Calendar will be updated regularly.