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Youth Leadership Institute

Youth Leadership Institute

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

The Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) is a four-day, overnight, college empowerment conference for 150 Latino high school juniors.  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.  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.  The conferences are hosted each summer at various college campuses across the country.

2015 YLI Series

Deadline to Apply: May 29th, 2015 @ 11:59 pm PST 

Program Regions: June & July

YLI Locations & Dates

  • July 9 - 12 – University of California, Davis (CA)
  • July 23 - 26 – The University of Texas at Dallas (TX)
  • July 30 -  August 2 – Marymount University (VA)
  • August 6 - 9 – The University of Chicago (IL)​

View the YLI Participant Flyer
 

YLI is a Once-In-A-Life-Time Opportunity!

  • Learn how to navigate the competitive college landscape
  • Build a network with successful Latino professionals
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of financial aid and scholarships
  • Form lasting friendships with other aspiring college students & mentors

 

Qualifications:

  • Will be a high school senior in 2015-16 academic year
  • 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent based on your school scale
  • Selection is done through a competitive holistic review process
  • Identify as being of Hispanic Heritage

Summer Leadership 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 (A-Team)

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

YLI Locations & Dates:

  • July 8 - 12 – University of California, Davis (CA)
  • July 22 - 26 –  The University of Texas at Dallas (TX)
  • July 29 - August 2 – Marymount University (VA)
  • August 5 - 9 – The University of Chicago (IL)

View the YLI Staff Flyer

 

College Student Relations Fellow

Each CSR Fellow serves as one of two head coordinators for each program, in the weeks leading up to, and throughout the duration of, the four-day, on-campus conference.  Their primary function is to recruit, select, train, and lead a group of 24 Leadership, Empowerment & Academic Development (LEAD) Mentors per region.  In this capacity, CSR Fellows also pair each high school participant with a LEAD Mentor of the same gender and track the status of confirmation calls between the students and their mentors.

Requirements:

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

 

Leadership Empowerment & Academic Development Mentor

About Leadership, Empowerment & Academic Development (LEAD) Mentor
A team of 20 college students and young professional leaders will be selected to serve as LEAD Mentors 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 four-day conference.  Applicants must also be available to serve as a point-of-contact for their students (by phone or e-mail), in the weeks leading up to the event and be on campus throughout the entire YLI program.

Requirements:

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

 

Alumni Team

The A-Team is a group of past program participants and other HSF Scholars and Alumni who support all logistic components of the current program.  A-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.  A-Team members also support the set-up and takedown of any areas that are utilized throughout the program.  
 

Requirements:

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

Please note: These positions are unpaid volunteer opportunities that provide you with the chance to mentor a group of young aspiring scholars!  HSF will cover the full cost of room and board throughout the five-day conference (including orientation), but cannot cover the cost of transportation to the university.

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