Teen Leadership Institute

The Teen Leadership Institute is a citywide organization that gives students experience in governance. The Institute brings together high school students from across the city to engage in Service Learning Projects, Bill Writing, Mock Jury Trials, Parliamentary Procedures, Fundraising, Michigan Youth in Government Conferences and other activities that strengthen their leadership and communication skills, and prepare them for college and beyond.

The TLI provides a practice forum for parliamentary procedures and offers opportunities for students to critically dialogue on various issues that affect the lives of those within their schools and communities. Ultimately, this experience will prepare them to become knowledgeable and active citizens and leaders within our community.

Teachers serve as advisors, chaperones and facilitators as the students work on bill writing and mock jury trials.  During the Michigan Youth In Government Spring Conference, the students interact with attorneys and state legislators and some of the top-ranked bills are submitted for actual consideration.



The Teen Leadership Institute meets monthly during the school year.


Who can participate

  • Each member of the Teen Leadership Institute must be:
  • A full-time high school student
  • A local school student council member
  • Demonstrate good character
  • Must have a 2.0 grade point average or higher
  • High schools are represented by two permanent students, and each high school has two alternate representatives.



Sheryl Jones

(313) 873-1795

Office of History, Society and Culture
Third Floor Albert Kahn Bldg.
7430 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202