Our Mission

We work to build homegrown leadership, expanding access and opportunity, and promote an equitable society by engaging and organizing the leadership of young people.

Our Vision

To transform communities through a bold and proactive agenda led by young people, that in our lifetime makes movement to respect and value black and brown lives matter a reality.


Formed as an independent nonprofit in Fall of 2017, Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT) is a youth of color led organization. LIT engages in values-based issue and electoral organizing, direct action, advocacy for public policy, and leadership development. On campuses and communities in Milwaukee’s key geographies, we organize young people to build independent political power for social, racial and economic justice.

We are organizing a political and cultural bloc of young people to define the future of our communities through public policy and cultural change. We believe progressive grassroots political power is most effectively built with a two pronged strategy – growing resilience and excellence of youth of color, and engaging youth in a full spectrum of year-round civic engagement.

Rather than focusing solely on issues or elections, we are building an organization with a continuously expanding base of young people through both issue-organizing and civic engagement. Our complete engagement accelerates leadership development, growth in organizational capacity, public narrative development and political education, and has allowed us to win several victories in a short period of time.