As part of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s overarching mission to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth, the Museum is proud to offer LIFTT, the Leadership Institute for Today and Tomorrow. LIFTT enables New York City high school students in their junior year to participate in a yearlong series of programs and experiences that develop critical skills and insights necessary to mature into engaged and active citizens.
Through partnerships with local educational youth service organizations, LIFTT encourages students to activate their leadership potential, sharpen their public speaking skills and become engaged in community and civic programs, all while preparing them to take the next step in their education—the college application process. Each year, LIFTT’s cohort of 40 students come away with a heightened sense of community awareness and are inspired to serve in their own local communities, as well as in the national and global communities.
LIFTT is an expression of the Intrepid Museum’s mission, and is a key component in the Museum’s array of education programming, which inspires students through the stories of heroism and civic engagement that underlie Intrepid’s service to this country, as a naval ship and now as a cultural institution.