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Startups by Westside Leadership Institute is an exclusive 12-month course designed for graduate leaders who have completed the Fundamentals and/or Workshops programs. In this course, students access advanced training, peer mentoring, and coaching that builds sustainable models for social change. The course is offered annually and is completely free of charge.

Through Startups, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop sustainable social change models. You will be paired with a mentor and receive added support from subject experts through regularly scheduled workshops. The curriculum includes program design and evaluation, organizational performance and evaluation, nonprofit organizational development, fundraising, and data collection. Upon completion of this course, you will have the tools to lead your organization towards a sustainable future, creating long-lasting impact in your community.


*At Westside Leadership Institute, we welcome individuals from all backgrounds and educational levels to participate in our programs. You do not have to be a college student to join us in developing your leadership skills and making a positive impact in your community.

12 months

January - December


must be graduated from our programs


program design & evaluation

organizational performance & evaluation

Nonprofit organizational development

fundraising & data collection

Start your leadership journey today! 


Startups are knowledgeable, sustainable, paired with a mentor, & receive added support

Social Innovation

Startups are socially innovating, driving solutions & generating new knowledge


Startups serve as a bridge between university resources & west side neighborhoods


Startups support the health and well-being of west side neighborhoods

culturally responsive

Startups increase capacity to implement culturally responsive strategies that incorporate a diverse understanding of and approaches to education & well-being


Startups spaces are accessible & visible to west side residents


Startups spaces are sustainable with robust services


Startups spaces create a “united community” of shared resources overcoming barriers to success

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