Compassionate Leaders Program

An intentional youth community dedicated to altruism and compassion.

Engaging young adults from the inside out

We believe that compassion and leadership can be nurtured at the deepest level when cultivated inwardly through contemplative practices and outwardly through community service, fundraising, and public advocacy. When these conditions come together they create an optimal environment for individual and collective flourishing. 

Compassionate Leaders engage in weekly meetings that impart skills in focused attention, empathy, kindness, and compassion, through discussions on ethics values, meditation practice and activities that strengthen emotional awareness. The Compassionate Leaders read several books throughout the year, including Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World, by the Dalai Lama, Happiness by Matthieu Ricard, and a selection of articles that critically examine the impact and complications of “voluntourism.”

At the end of the school year, Compassionate Leaders engage in international “learning service trips” to collaborate with other communities. So far, we have worked with communities in India, Mexico, Mississippi, Morocco and the Philippines. On these trips students implement projects that promote sustainability, education, and well-being. These trips are funded through a collaborative effort.

Apply to the Compassionate Leaders Program

The Compassionate Leaders Program runs from October – June

If you have questions, please contact Noah Koski:
Compassionate Leader Program Coordinator

Compassionate Leaders taught me how to be a responsible, active, and compassionate global citizen. It gave me humility, balance, and awareness of each person’s shared humanity. I am filled with gratitude that I am able to take these attributes and lessons out into the world, and inspire change among a global community.
— Darby David CLP '15
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While this program did not open my eyes to something I had not seen before, it allowed me to remove the sunglasses I had been wearing. Life did not change, but my perception of it did. By removing my shaded sun glasses, I could see the sun. Through the contemplative practices, community service work, and discussions we had at our Compassionate Leaders meetings, I began to see the connection between every living and non-living being in the world. There is a unity between everything in life. As a Compassionate Leader, I witnessed with my own eyes the similarities between children in the Wood River Valley, New Delhi, and Mexico. I learned that we share the same needs for love, care, growth, and community. We are all human; we all have strengths and weaknesses, and we are on this adventure together.
— Lena Roebuck, Alumni