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Talented Tenth High School

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson


Inspired by the words of W.E.B. DuBois, Tavis Smiley’s Talented Tenth High School Tour
was created to identify and train non-traditional leaders in underserved and underrepresented communities. The goal of this 10-city tour is to enlighten, encourage and empower young people to develop the skills needed to become powerful leaders in their school, community and the world. Tavis Smiley, founder and president of the Tavis Smiley Foundation (TSF), shares what he has learned about strong leaders and engages students in conversations to discover their priorities and motivate them to action. Teachers and students receive a Youth to Leaders Toolkit of resources and leadership building modules.

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2011 Leadership Institute

July 21 -25, 2011

The Tavis Smiley Foundation is accepting applicants for this year's 2011 Leadership Institute scheduled for July 21-25 on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles. Middle and high school students, ages 13-18, are eligible to apply. Students will be selected based on their application which includes an essay, recommendation letter and community and leadership activities. The program fee is $600 and includes all meals, campus housing and program materials. There are no scholarships available. The deadline is June 30. All registration is online at

For more information or questions, call 323-290-1888, ext. 228 or send an email to