Launched in 2017, the Youth Leadership Consortium (YLC), is a partnership of organizations with a shared mission of providing students and families of all backgrounds and ethnicities with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education. The consortium seeks to ensure that students who pursue higher education reflect the diversity of the United States.
YLC hosts two annual events in pursuit of its mission—College Prep Saturday and the Young Leaders Summit. College Prep Saturday consists of free, half-day workshops designed to help middle and high school students—and their parents—prepare, plan, and pay for college. The inaugural College Prep Saturday was hosted at Loyola Marymount University in 2017.
The Young Leaders Summit (YLS) will launch in August 2018 at The University of Chicago. It will bring together a diverse, gender-balanced cohort of 200 of the nation’s most promising, low-income, rising high school seniors, to participate in a college readiness and leadership development program. The broader goal is to address the crisis of “under-matching” among talented high school students, particularly from underserved communities. Under-matching is a phenomenon where students—particularly from less affluent communities, who are distinguished enough to attend the nation’s best colleges—fail to apply to them, because they don’t realize there are opportunities that would make it possible to attend.
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is the lead YLC partner in planning and executing both events. Additional YLC partners are the American Indian College Fund, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, College Board, Jack and Jill Foundation, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.