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YLL XV 2011-2012
YLL XV 2011-2012

Youth Leadership Lincoln


Participants in this program are high school sophomores. They spend one day a month together discovering there are others like them outside their geographic bubble who live in other parts of the city and county. They grow to understand how our city, county and state function, they gain a deeper understanding of businesses in Lincoln and they broaden their understanding of Lincoln’s nonprofit sector as well.

The YLL program is interactive and hands-on helping the participants develop leadership and team participation skills. They have the opportunity to meet with community leaders from across Lincoln and learn how they can help maintain the quality of life we enjoy.

Over the years, we’ve watched as participants in our Youth Leadership program have furthered their education and moved into leadership positions in the community. In fact, some of them serve on our staff and our Board as well as a wide variety of community programs.

Participants in our youth program come from schools throughout Lancaster county and begin their year together with a retreat that helps them begin to develop leadership skills, form teams and understand group dynamics. Each month during the year they’ll learn about business, government, media, human services, health education and the arts.


YLL Program Schedule

  • Opening Retreat (August)
    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)
    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
    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
    Community Service Project

    Participants are also expected to complete a community service project.





Application and Selection Process

  1. Orientation Session

    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.)
  2. 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
  3. Class Selection

    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.

  4. Notification

    All applicants will be notified by mail regarding selection.


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