Indigenous Leadership Development Program

The Indigenous Leadership Development program develops leaders among the high school and/or college students who attend the KIX after-school program. The Indigenous Leadership Program consists of 4 Stages:

Stage 1 (Initial Relational Investment)

a) Timeframe: 0-12 Months
b) Develop a quality mentoring relationship with student(s)
c) Point young person to make a first time decision to follow Christ (if has not already)
e) See each student as a potential “Indigenous Leader”

Stage 2 (Turning Spiritual Corners)

a) Timeframe: 3+ Months
b) More time mentoring with the purpose of developing student spiritually
c) Provide leadership opportunities (volunteer opportunities)
e) Student makes higher commitment to KIX program

Stage 3 (A Call to Discipleship)

a) Timeframe: 9+ Months
b) Discipleship (vs friendship) is invited by adult and defined for student
c) Relationship is more structured and specific
e) Accountability and instruction are increasing, and so is encouragement

Stage 4 (A Challenge to Give Back)

a) Timeframe: 3-5+ Years
b) High level of trust has been developed
c) Student growing closer to Jesus and therefore demonstrating growing victory over moral and character issues. (Time in Word and Prayer significant.)
e) Youth are ready to begin relationships with other youth to intentionally take them through the mentoring/discipleship process.


Our leadership program prepares students for their future by providing trainings in professional development, personal empowerment, and enrichment activities, as well as employment and service opportunities and a leadership coach.

The funnel below outlines the culture of our model of Leadership Development which cultivates students in three different levels of leadership in our Hammond Indigenous Leadership Program (ILP): potential leaders, emerging leaders, and student leaders (Kaleos). Indigenous Leaders are first identified, then move through the following pipeline:

  • Growing up, I didn’t have many adults who took the time to pour into me what I needed to grow in leadership and in godliness. I didn’t have many people calling out the good in me and all of the possibilities that could be. I did, however, have that once I started coming to Kix. Johanna, the high school director at the time, took me under her wing and invested time, love, and a lot of gas over the many car rides she’d give me home after programming ended. How she cared for me will forever be with me. Now, I get to pour out what has been poured into me, and I also get to encourage our young leaders to do the same.
    - Brandi Charlot