The 5-day 2015 Leadership Institute was an amazing way to kick-off the summer fellowship. There were tears, laughter, and a lot of dreaming & connecting. The week began by exploring ourselves and our own stories and how to tell our story in a way that inspires others to act. We also went into understanding systemic oppression and conflict in society, understanding how we may have compassionate conversations with others, as well as how to create systemic change in society. They meditated every day, and asked for more. They shared with more authenticity and courage than I see in many adults, and we learned so much from them. From this foundation, small diverse teams came together to begin to discuss what projects they wanted to embark on over the summer. Friendships were formed and we all left with a sense of possibility for the future. .