The Interfaith Leadership Institute is sponsored by the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), an agency based in Chicago that strives to promote interfaith dialogue to foster stronger communities of understanding. IFYC believes that American college students, supported by their campuses, can be the interfaith leaders needed to make religion a bridge and not a barrier. Therefore, much of IFYC's work includes direct support of college students to help train them to serve as interfaith leaders in their respective communities. One example of this training and support is the Interfaith Leadership Institute (ILI).
The ILI is a three-day leadership conference aimed at engaging students with peers on the topic of interfaith engagement, especially as it connects to community service. The conference typically takes place in late January in Downtown Atlanta. Selected students are expected to attend the full conference. Registration will be free to students; registration includes the full conference, breakfasts, lunches, and one dinner. Transportation and lodging will not be provided.