Maryland Leadership Workshops,Inc. (MLW) was founded in 1955 by Felix Simon, a beloved guidance counselor in Baltimore County Public Schools, in order to provide young people with the skills and experience they needed to be successful in school and in their community. Early on, MLW adopted a unique peer-led approach to learning that is still the foundation of our work. Today, MLW is a 501 c 3 not-for-profit educational organization that builds on our long and strong tradition of providing leadership development training programs to Maryland middle and high school students for success in school and life.

Hear about MLW from organization leaders at the 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2005.

During the six decades since the organization has been in operation, more than 15,000 students have graduated from MLW’s residential programs and thousands more have attended MLW Community Outreach Programs. A select few continued their involvement with MLW and became MLW Staff.  These alumni staff and former delegates pursue a full range of careers as varied as education, medicine, journalism, theater, law and management.  When asked, many say that MLW was a critical factor with respect to their personal leadership development and their success in all aspects of their lives and communities.

Check out our amazing alumni.

"MLW has been an amazing experience. At first I thought that I would not meet anybody new, but within a few hours I met amazing people. I have built such close relationship with some people and learned so many things about being an effective leader. Thank you so much for this great experience".

- SHW delegate.


Sr High Staff 1972 jpeg


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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.