As a teenager, Philip Koenig knew two things about his future: he wanted to make a difference in his community and he was passionate about leadership. The two paths converged, and Leading Miami was created.
Leading Miami is a program that teaches leadership skills to Miami middle school students. Koenig and his business partner started the nonprofit in 2009, when he was just 16.
The program covers five main modules and culminates in a class “passion” project. So far, Koenig has seen students revive and run an after-school arts program and initiate a school-wide recycling program. He sees much more in their future.
“These skills were opened to me at the age of 15 or 16,” Koenig says. “Just imagine now that we’re teaching 12-year-olds what to do with these skills, what they can accomplish when they’re older.”
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