LEAD: Lincoln's Path to Leadership


LEAD: Lincoln’s Path to Leadership provides an opportunity for youth to learn about the character qualities of a leader by examining Abraham Lincoln’s life, his ideals, his character and his leadership capabilities through immersive experiences in the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. This one week residential program is held annually in June on the campus of Illinois College in Jacksonville.

During LEAD, the Emerging Leaders:

  • Explore Lincoln’s life and times by visiting various historic sites throughout the National Heritage Area to see how individuals were able to make a difference in their communities and affect change in their state and their nation.
  • Examine how people in today’s world face many of the same challenges as those faced by Lincoln and other leaders of his day through a series of group discussions and projects.
  • Discuss the leadership qualities of honesty, empathy, humility and perseverance and develop a plan for incorporating those qualities into their own lives as they return home.


LEAD was developed and is implemented by Looking for Lincoln
in partnership with:

Union Pacific Railroad
Illinois College
Lincoln Home National Historic Site/National Park Service
4H University of Illinois Extension
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Niemann Foods


For more info on LEAD, click here.

To see pictures from the LEAD Class of 2016 click here.

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