Youth Leadership Institute (YLI)
National Presenting Sponsor:
High school applicants (Class of 2021):
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Volunteer staff applicants:
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YLI is a free, five-day, overnight, college empowerment program for high achieving Latino high school juniors held at two top universities across the US. This highly selective program is designed to give 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.
You can find a video with highlights of the YLI program at the bottom of this page
2020 YLI Dates and Locations:
July 8 - July 12, 2020 - University of Chicago
July 22 - July 26, 2020 - University Southern California (USC)
- Current high school junior (Class of 2021)
- Must have an unweighted cumulative GPA above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or above an 80 on a 100-point scale
- Identify as being from Hispanic heritage
- You must currently attend high school in the United States or US Territory to apply
- You must be a US Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
- Plan to enroll full-time in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university after high school graduation
Application opens Wednesday, January 15, 2020. The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 15, 2020, 5:00 PM PT.
How to Apply:
- Create a MyHSF Profile as a “Student”
- View “YLI 2020 Student Application” Application on your Dashboard
YLI Volunteer Staff Opportunities
Join HSF this summer at the Youth Leadership Institute as a staff member! Application opens Wednesday, January 15, 2020. The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 5:00 PM PT.
Apply for one of the following Volunteer YLI Staff positions:
Past YLI participants (current high school seniors, class of 2020) who support all logistical components of the program. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: preparing and assisting with YLI sessions; transporting, setting up, and breaking down signage and materials; and escorting students, speakers and volunteers to assigned areas. A-Team members must pass a background check and remain on campus for the entire YLI program, including orientation. Although interaction with YLI participants will be minimal, this role is crucial to a successful execution of the program. Your role as an A-team member will increase the possibility of serving as a YLI Mentor in the future.
HSF Scholars responsible for serving as a mentor, supervising and leading their “familia” - a group of 5-6 YLI participants - throughout the course of the YLI. Mentors serve as the point-of-contact for their students in the weeks leading up to, during, and following the YLI program. Mentors are responsible for facilitating workshop transitions, leading familia nightly reflections, and assisting with YLI sessions, as needed. Mentors must be currently enrolled in a 4-year college, pass a background check, and remain on campus for the entire YLI program, including orientation.
HSF Scholars and past YLI Mentors who serve as the head coordinators for each YLI program and as the point-of-contact for the mentors in the weeks leading up to and throughout the course of the program. The Fellows work with HSF staff to train mentors, act as liaisons between HSF staff and mentors, and facilitate sessions, as needed. Fellows are responsible for reviewing daily schedules and room assignments, leading workshop transitions, facilitating nightly debriefings with the Mentors and staff, and serving as on-site/overnight contact. Fellows must be currently enrolled in a 4-year college, pass a background check, and remain on campus for the entire YLI program, including orientation.
Please Note: These are unpaid volunteer opportunities. HSF will cover the full cost of room and board throughout the conference, including orientation. There are limited available funds to cover travel for staff members to and from the host university, and will be considered on a case by case basis.