Youth Leadership Lincoln
Strong youth leadership is a sound investment in the future of Lincoln and Lancaster County. The Youth Leadership Lincoln program (YLL) works to enhance the knowledge and leadership skills of area high school students by motivating and empowering them to be committed to their community.
The YLL program provides an interactive, hands-on experience in which students focus on developing leadership skills and a life-long commitment to community service. Participants have the opportunity to meet with community leaders from all areas of society and learn firsthand how youth leadership can make a difference.
All of Lincoln's public high schools consider the program days to be sanctioned school activity days; therefore, participants are not counted absent on those days. Students at Pius X, Lincoln Christian, Lincoln Lutheran, Parkview Christian, Malcolm, Norris, Raymond Central, and Waverly High Schools should consult their principal about the attendance policy in their schools.
What Makes a Qualified Candidate?
To qualify for the Youth Leadership Lincoln program, a student must:
- Be entering his or her sophomore/tenth-grade year of high school in Lincoln/Lancaster County;
- Demonstrate an interest in and a potential for leadership;
- Show self-motivation with a broad range of interests and a willingness to contribute to the group process; and
- Commit the time and energy required to participate in the program.
YLL Program Schedule
Opening Retreat (August)
A two-day, one-night seminar held at Camp Carol Joy Holling which allows participants to explore leadership skills, group dynamics and team-building.
Attendance is required for the entire two-day, one-night retreat-no exceptions.
Eight Seminars (September-April)
All-day seminars (8:00am-3:00pm) scheduled on a Tuesday each month. YLL seeks to teach leadership skills through exposure to and interaction with the leaders of community systems, for example, business, government, media, human services, health, education and the arts. Each seminar also includes a strong commitment to experiential learning.
Attendance is required at 80% of the programming hours involved in those seminars
Tuition for the program is $275.00
Applying to YLL is free and open to all Lancaster County students.
YLL charges a tuition fee of $275.00 to all individuals selected to participate in the program. Tuition is nonrefundable.
Tuition assistance is available through Leadership Lincoln's Scholarship Program. Scholarships are based on financial need.
Community Service Project
Participants are also expected to complete a community service project.
Application and Selection Process
Applicants and their parents are invited (but not required) to attend an Orientation Session before submitting an application. YLL staff will discuss the program, review the application process and answer questions.
- Monday, May 1, 2017 from 6:00-7:00pm at Eiseley Branch Library Meeting Room (1530 Superior St.)
- Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 6:00-7:00pm at Gere Branch Library Meeting Room (2400 S. 56th St.)
Students apply in their ninth-grade year for participation in their tenth-grade year. Applications are distributed in all Lincoln high schools, are available online or by calling Youth Leadership Lincoln.
Application forms must be received in the Leadership Lincoln office by the deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
The application includes:
- An Application form to be completed by the applicant
- Two Reference Forms - one to be completed by a family member (parent, guardian, adult relative) and one by a community member (adult neighbor, employer, pastor, family friend)
- School Approval to be signed by the applicant's school principal
- Parent/Legal Guardian Permission
Selection is a highly competitive process. The Selection Committee is comprised of volunteers and YLL alumni. The Committee reviews applications and references to select a class of about 40 students reflecting a diversity of experience and interests, gender, culture, ethnicity, and school.
All applicants will be notified by mail regarding selection.