Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy (IJLA) is dedicated to the principle that education is liberation. Our mission as a learning community is to engage our students in a rigorous and social justice inspired program driven by a student centered environment.
IJLA works to re-engage Chicago's out-of-school youth by creating a student centered environment and providing an education which fosters students' growth as critical, active, and productive members of their families and communities. IJLA cultivates a safe environment that promotes critical reflection in order for students to act upon and transform themselves and the world around them. IJLA's team is guided by the principal that education is the foundation for critical reflection, understanding unity, and leadership. We prepare students to respectfully question our society at all policy levels and encourage students to model what they believe by becoming critical thinkers and leaders cultivating a cycle of individual success and lasting social justice.