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Youth Leadership Institute (YLI)

The 2024 YLI student application is now closed. All applicants will be notified of their admission decision via email by late March.

 

YLI is a free, college empowerment program for high achieving Latino high school juniors, held virtually and 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, and interacting with college students and professionals who serve as their mentors.

It is entirely FREE for students to apply and participate:

  • HSF and the host institution provide you housing: 5 days, on-campus, in the YLI dorm at one of the host university - University of Southern California or Loyola Marymount University.
  • HSF and the host university provide all meals on-campus and program materials.
  • If you need transportation assistance, HSF will cover the cost of your roundtrip airfare, from your city to YLI.

 

Student Eligibility:

  • Current high school junior (Class of 2025), attending high school in the United States or a US Territory
  • 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 of Hispanic heritage
  • Must be U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, or DACA
  • 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

 

How to Apply:

  • Create a myHSF Profile and under “Role” select “Student”
  • Select “High School Junior” under the “Class Level” section and create your account.
  • Verify your account by clicking “Verify my email!” in the email that HSF sends you.
  • Once you log into your MyHSF profile, you will see the “YLI 2024 Student Application” on your Dashboard.

 

Details for YLI 2024

YLI 2024 has two components, and students are required to fully attend both:

  • Virtual component via zoom (2 days)
  • Followed by an in-person component on a college campus (5 days) a couple of weeks later

 

IMPORTANT: To be eligible to participate in the 5-day in-person component of the program, students must have fully participated in the 2-day virtual component. Failure to successfully complete the virtual component via zoom will lead to dismissal and inability to participate in the in-person component. We do not have any other virtual component dates, and we are unable to make any exceptions.

 

VIRTUAL COMPONENT DATES (all required, via zoom)

  • Code of Conduct Acceptance & Orientation: Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Pacific Time
  • Virtual YLI: Saturday, May 4, 2024 & Sunday, May 5, 2024, 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM Pacific Time each day (with short breaks throughout the day)

 

IN-PERSON COMPONENT DATES & LOCATIONS (required)

HSF will be hosting the in-person component of YLI 2024 at:

  • YLI #1 (University of Southern California): Wednesday, June 26, 2024 – Sunday, June 30, 2024.
  • YLI #2 (Loyola Marymount University): Wednesday, July 17, 2024 – Sunday, July 21, 2024.

 

Admitted students can only attend ONE in-person location:

  • In their YLI application, students will be asked to note their preferred location for the in-person component of the YLI.
  • Within the application, students can also note if only one of the location & dates works for their summer schedule.
  • Students admitted to the YLI program will be notified of which in-person location they were assigned to, via their YLI admission email.

 

We encourage you to watch the YLI video below!  Questions? Please Contact Us

 

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Youth Leadership Institute - USC (In-Person)

University of Southern California

Jun 26-30, 2024

08:00am - 10:00pm PDT

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 opportunit...

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Youth Leadership Institute - LMU (In Person)

Loyola Marymount University

Jul 17-21, 2024

08:00am - 10:00pm PDT

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 opportunit...

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