High school applicants (Class of 2020):
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Volunteer staff applicants:
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The Young Leaders Summit (YLS) is a free four-day, overnight, college empowerment conference for a diverse cohort of low-income high school juniors, selected through a competitive application process. 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.
Date and Location
- August 8th – August 11th at The University of Chicago
- Current high school junior, Class of 2020
- 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent based on your school scale
- Low income, as defined by Pell eligibility
- Currently attends high school in the United States or a U.S. territory
- Plans to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a U.S. accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university after high school graduation
An ideal candidate will have:
- An outstanding academic record in high school (in the top 20% of graduating class)
- Demonstrated leadership ability (as shown through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities)
How to Apply:
- Create a Profile as a “Student”
- View “YLS Student Application 2019” Application on your Dashboard
YLS Volunteer Staff Opportunities
Current college undergraduate student, join Young Leaders Summit (YLS) volunteer staff!
2019 YLS Dates and Locations:
- August 7th – August 11th at The University of Chicago (includes mandatory orientation day).
Application opens Monday, December 17th, 2018
Application deadline is Friday, February 8th, 2019 at 1 p.m. PST
Apply for one of the following Volunteer YLS Staff positions:
Current high school seniors who support all logistical components of the program. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: preparing and assisting with YLS session set up and execution; transporting, setting up, and breaking down signage and materials; and escorting students, speakers, and volunteers to assigned areas. A-team applicants must have participated in the 2018 YLS.
A-team applicants must pass a background check, and remain on campus for the entire YLS program, including orientation.
Current college undergraduates responsible for serving as a mentor, supervising and leading their “squad”—a group of 5-6 YLS high school participants- throughout the course of the YLS. Mentors serve as the point of contact for their students in the weeks leading up to, furing, and following the YLS program. Mentors are responsible for facilitating workshop transitions, leading nightly debriefs with their YLS squad, and assisting with YLS sessions, as needed.
Mentor applicants must pass a background check, and remain on campus for the entire YLS program, including orientation.
Current college seniors who serve as the head coordinators for each YLS 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 YLS professional staff to train Mentors and facilitate communication between YLS professional staff and the Mentors. Fellows are responsible for assisting with YLS sessions, reviewing daily schedules and room assignments, leading workshop transitions, facilitating nightly meetings with the Mentors and YLS professional staff, and serving as on-site/overnight contact.
Fellows must pass a background check, and remain on campus for the entire YLS program, including orientation.
Please Note: These are unpaid volunteer opportunities. YLC will cover the full cost of food, 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.