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Youth Leadership Institute

Youth Leadership Institute

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

YLI is a three-day, overnight college empowerment conference for Hispanic high school juniors designed to give students the practical tools they need to successfully apply to top universities, effectively access financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and excel in school and beyond. Selected students will experience what it’s like to live on a college campus, participate in college and career workshops, interact with college students and various professionals who serve as mentors, and develop the skills to become leaders in their communities.

2014 YLI Series

Locations and Dates:

Please go to our Events Page for the most current schedule for the next YLI in your area.

It’s a Once-In-A-Life-Time Opportunity!

  • Experience college life
  • Learn the power of transformational leadership
  • Build a network with successful Latino professionals
  • Become more competitive for college and scholarship opportunities
  • Form lasting friendships with other aspiring college students
  • Leave inspired to create positive change for yourself and in the community


  • Current juniors in high school
  • 3.0 GPA or above, on a 4.00 scale
  • Identify as being of Hispanic heritage

Four-Day Volunteer Opportunities

Do you want to volunteer or help be a leader for this program?  Fill out your application for one of the following key roles:

  • College Student Relations Fellow (CSR)
  • Leadership Empowerment & Academic Devleopment (LEAD) Mentor
  • Alumni Team

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

College Student Relations Fellow

Apply now to volunteer as a College Student Relations (CSR) Fellow at the Youth Leadership Institute. The CSR Fellows serve as the two lead coordinators for each program in the weeks leading up to, and throughout the duration of the YLI college empowerment, overnight conference. Their primary function is to recruit, select, train, and lead the group of 20 Leadership Empowerment & Academic Development (LEAD) Mentors - college student leaders - per region. In this capacity, the CSR Fellows pair selected high school participants with a LEAD Mentor of the same gender, and monitor the status of conversations and confirmation calls between the students and their mentors. Prior to the program, the Fellows conduct the training and schedule overview sessions to ensure that each LEAD Mentor is fully aware of the daily events and classroom assignments, and assist in the dorm room assignments. During the program, CSR Fellows facilitate communication between the HSF Staff and the respective LEAD Mentors, coordinate daily schedules and workshop transitions, facilitate nightly debriefings with the LEAD Mentors and staff, and respond to any unanticipated situations as they may arise.


  • College juniors, seniors, graduate students and young professionals
  • Displayed leadership potential
  • Passion for mentorship
  • Bilingual is preferred
  • Pass a background check

Leadership Empowerment & Academic Development Mentor

Apply now to serve as a Leadership Empowerment & Academic Development (LEAD) Mentor at the YLI! A team of 20 college student leaders (10 male and 10 female) will be selected to serve at each YLI program. Each LEAD Mentor will be responsible for serving as a guide, mentor, and leader to a familia of 4-6 high school students over the course of the college empowerment, overnight conference.


  • College juniors, seniors, graduate students and young professionals
  •  Displayed leadership potential
  •  Passion for mentorship
  •  Bilingual is preferred
  •  Pass a background check

Alumni Team

Apply to volunteer as an Alumni Team member at the Youth Leadership Institute! The Alumni Team is a group of past program participants who support all logistical components of the current program. During the program, Alumni 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. Alumni Team members also support the set-up and take down of any areas that are utilized throughout the program.


  • High school juniors and seniors, or college freshmen and sophomores
  • Participated in a previous Hispanic Youth Institute (HYI) or Hispanic Youth Symposium (HYS) program
  • Displayed leadership potential
  • Passion for mentorship
  • Bilingual is preferred
  • Pass a background check

Please Note:  These positions are unpaid opportunities, exclusively available to volunteers.  HSF will cover the full cost of room and board throughout the four-day summer college empowerment, overnight conference (including orientation) but will not cover the cost of transportation to the university.

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