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Youth Leadership Toledo

Young Leaders Dedicated to Our Schools and Community

Youth Leadership Toledo (YLT) strengthens our area’s young leaders and encourages them to make meaningful change in their community. The program is patterned after the Adult Leadership Toledo Signature Program and approximately 60 area high school sophomores participate each year.

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YLT meets from August to May in monthly, day-long sessions that occur during the school day. Each session is focused on a different topic that helps participants reach the program goals.

The goals of the program are:

  • LEAD – Become a more confident leader.
  • CONNECT – Become more connected to your community.
  • GROW – Grow stronger in self-awareness.
  • SERVE – Find meaningful service through group projects.

Participants are initially identified through a nomination process at their school in the winter of their freshman year. Nominees are then invited to fill out an application, and participants are then selected based on those applications.

Get involved! Email Nicole Susdorf at

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