The Center for Expanding Leadership & Opportunity

Empowering people where they are so they can make a difference wherever they go.

The Center for Expanding Leadership & Opportunity (CELO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating opportunity ecosystems of evidence-based tools, learning experiences, and practices that exponentially increase access, optimize program quality, and accelerate impact for every young person. Our goal is to ensure that opportunities for learning and growth are distributed as equally as the abundance of talent in our communities. We accomplish this by integrating the science of learning and cutting-edge research with program innovation and community co-creation of learning solutions.

“We cannot always build a future for our youth, but we can always build our youth for the future.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

The quality of existing research, training tools, and programs exacerbate social inequality. Research confirms that developmental experiences such as leadership education, secondary education, post-secondary education, STEM education, and community service are powerful interventions – building skills, socio-emotional competencies, and mindsets that empower youth to access opportunity and drive change for themselves and their communities.

CELO is anchored in a unique approach to human development and system change that operates at four levels simultaneously ensuring local youth and stakeholders are positioned to develop, own, and drive impact. At the core of the CELO strategy is the creation and cultivation of opportunity ecosystems designed to engage, support, and resource communities of practice committed to youth development.