Summer Leadership Institute

Providing Jobs, Job Training, and Critical Life Skills

Groundswell’s flagship program, The Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), is a summer job training program for up to 100 youth. Seven teams of youth spend seven weeks working with professional artists and community-based organizations, learning job skills and creating public art for their neighborhoods.

SLI also encompasses the final projects of both Voices Her’d Visionaries and Making His’tory, two of our afterschool leadership development programs.


Download the application for Summer Leadership Institute today. Please email completed application to by March 31.


July - August 2016

Past Projects

  • YEAR 2016

    From the Ground Up

    LOCATION: 540 President Street Brooklyn, NY 11215

    During the summer of 2016, as part of Groundswell's Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) 2016, upwards of 140 teens are...

  • YEAR 2015

    The Power of Flourishing Minds

    LOCATION: 333 East 4th Street New York, NY 10009

    In partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and PS 15 The Roberto Clemente School campus, Groundswell inspired...

  • Lady Justice overlooks 5th Avenue to encourage safer choices by drivers.
    YEAR 2015

    Justice at the Crossroads

    LOCATION: 138 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217

    In New York City, approximately 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured and more than 250 are killed each year in...