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Youth Leadership Institute

Youth Leadership Institute

Learn All About College by Spending a Few Days on a College Campus!

The Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) is a four-day, overnight, college empowerment conference for 150 Latino high school juniors.  It is designed to give these young leaders the practical tools they need to successfully apply to top universities, have full access to scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and set a course for academic and career success.  Attendees will enhance their leadership abilities and expand their professional networks by participating in college and career workshops, living on a college campus, and interacting with college students and professionals who serve as their mentors.  The conferences are hosted each summer at various college campuses across the country.

2016 YLI Series

Program Regions & Dates

  • June 23 - 26 – University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • June 30 - July 3 – University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • July 28 - 31 – The University of Chicago (IL)

YLI is a Once-In-A-Life-Time Opportunity!

  • Learn how to navigate the competitive college landscape
  • Build a network with successful Latino professionals
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of financial aid and scholarships
  • Form lasting friendships with other aspiring college students & mentors



  • Will be a high school senior in 2016-2017 academic year
  • 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent based on your school scale
  • Selection is done through a competitive holistic review process
  • Identify as being of Hispanic Heritage


Summer Leadership Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer to be a YLI Staff member! Fill out your application for one of the following key roles:

  • YLI Mentor
  • Alumni Team (A-Team)

All selected volunteers will be required to attend the overnight conference for five days including one day of orientation and four YLI days.

Program Regions & Dates:

YLI Staff (Mentors & A-Team)

  • June 22 - 26 – University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • June 29 - July 3 – University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • July 27 - 31 –The University of Chicago (IL)

YLI Mentor

Why be a YLI Mentor?
HSF seeks committed college students to serve as mentors for high school students. A team of 20 college students and young professional leaders will be selected to serve as YLI Mentors at each YLI program.  Each YLI mentor will be responsible for serving as a guide, mentor, and leader to a familia of 6-8 high school students, over the course of the four-day conference. Applicants must also be available to serve as a point-of-contact for their students (by phone or e-mail), in the weeks leading up to the event and be on campus throughout the entire YLI program, and maintain communication after the program.



  • HSF Scholars (includes HSF and GMS scholarship recipients)
  • Currently enrolled in college
  • Pass a background check



  • Participated in a previous Hispanic Youth Institute (HYI), Hispanic Youth Symposium (HYS) or Youth Leadership Institute program
  • Passion for mentoring
  • English/Spanish Bilingual


Alumni Team (A-Team)

Why join the A-Team?
The A-Team is a group of past program participants and other HSF Scholars and Alumni who support all logistic components of the current program. A-Team members prepare the facilities and areas for check-in/registration; transport materials and signage across campus, as needed; escort volunteers and students to assigned areas, as needed; and participate in the mentoring sessions.  A-Team members also support the set-up and takedown of any areas that are utilized throughout the program.



  • Open to past YLI high school seniors, college freshmen or sophomores who are leaders in their schools and/or communities
  • Participated in a previous Hispanic Youth Institute (HYI), Hispanic Youth Symposium (HYS) or Youth Leadership Institute program.
  • Pass a background check



  • Passion for mentoring
  • English/Spanish Bilingual

Please note: These positions are unpaid volunteer opportunities that provide you with the chance to mentor a group of young aspiring scholars!  HSF will cover the full cost of room and board throughout the five-day conference (including orientation), but cannot cover the cost of transportation to the university.

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