Young Leaders Dedicated to Our Schools and Community
Youth Leadership Toledo (YLT) recognizes the vital contribution young adults make in creating a strong, progressive community. Patterned after the Community Leadership Program, 50 area high school sophomores who exhibit leadership skills in their schools and communities are nominated by their schools for the program.
Students participating in YLT meet from August to May in monthly, day-long sessions. But this leadership program is about more than just learning skills and experiencing the community; it requires practicing those skills with others while being immersed in the different issues affecting the future of our area.
Community leaders introduce the participants to a variety of issues and concerns. In the final phase of the program, students select and complete volunteer community improvement projects. The program’s main objective is to assist in training our young people to be effective leaders – now and in the future – and to stimulate interest in community involvement.
Participants are initially identified through a peer nomination process. Nominees are selected based on applications. Selected students pay a token tuition of $100 to attend the program, but scholarships are available for students for whom the tuition constitutes financial hardship.