"MLW programs give students the opportunity to have hands-on experience in the concepts and skills that prepare them for college or career."  - Lillian M. Lowery, former Ed.D, State Superintendent of Schools

MLW is Maryland’s premier leadership development program for middle and high school students and has provided generations of participants - who we call delegates - with an incomparable experience to discover and develop strengths and skills essential to lifelong leadership.  Using the model of facilitative instruction unique among youth leadership programs, delegates take ownership of personal development as they grow in self-awareness, set measurable goals, and collaborate with peers in diverse groups.

Whether students are already experienced leaders or still not sure what path to take, MLW helps them identify thier strengths and gives each student the opportunity to develop new skills. Through discussion units, team projects and taking part in shaping the week-long program, delegates are exposed to new ideas and get hands-on practice with useful skills.

Unlike most summer programs, the MLW staff, the majority of whom were once delegates themselves, train and prepare for hundreds of hours over approximately eight weeks for the one-week program.  From the moment they are hired, staff work on curriculum, project plans, and workshop ideas. An important feature is incorporating feedback from previous program participants as well as senior staff who come from fields of education, social work, engineering, law and management. This iterative process and a strong commitment to staff development instills a passion and commitment to MLW that is truly inspiring.  The result: a life transforming experience for all involved.

MLW receives support from the Maryland State Department of Education and, as such, deepens and enriches students understanding and adoption of Common Core Standards.  As a Youth Certified Camp through the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, all staff are screened through a criminal and child protective services background check process and are trained on emergency procedures.

See a video from MLW’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

"MLW is one of the best investments I´ve made in my son´s education. His growth through MLW was remarkable."

- Parent of MSEL participant.

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As a non-profit organization, MLW relies on donations from individuals, corporations and foundations to provide our programs at a below market cost so that any student may attend regardless of ability to pay the tuition. Your donation provides scholarship support so that more students experience the MLW magic.