Leadership Opportunities

Young Leaders Summit (YLS)

High school applicants (Class of 2019):

CLICK HERE for frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the Young Leaders Summit

Volunteer staff applicants:
CLICK HERE for frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the Young Leaders Summit volunteer role opportunities



The Young Leaders Summit (YLS) is a free four-day, overnight, college empowerment conference for a diverse cohort of low-income high school juniors, selected through a competitive application process. 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.


  • August 9th – August 12th at The University of Chicago


  • Current high school junior, Class of 2019 (senior in the fall of 2018-2019 academic year)
  • 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent based on your school scale
  • Low income, as defined by Pell eligibility
  • Currently attends high school in the United States or a U.S. territory
  • Plans to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a U.S. accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university after high school graduation


  • An outstanding academic record in high school (in the top 20% of graduating class)
  • Demonstrated leadership ability (as shown through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities)


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  • View “YLS Student Application 2018” Application on your Dashboard


Current college undergraduate student, join Young Leaders Summit (YLS) volunteer staff!

2018 YLS Dates and Locations:

  • August 8th – August 12th at The University of Chicago (includes mandatory orientation day).

Apply for one of the following Volunteer YLS Staff positions:

Support Crew

Current freshmen in college who support all logistical components of the program. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: preparing and assisting with YLS session set up and execution; transporting, setting up, and breaking down signage and materials; and escorting students, speakers, and volunteers to assigned areas.

Support Crew applicants must pass a background check, and remain on campus for the entire YLS program, including orientation.

Summit Counselors (SCs)

Current college undergraduates responsible for serving as a mentor, supervising and leading their “squad”—a group of 7-8 YLS high school participants- throughout the course of the YLS. SCs serve as the point of contact for their students in the weeks leading up to, furing, and following the YLS program. SCs are responsible for facilitating workshop transitions, leading nightly debriefs with their YLS squad, and assisting with YLS sessions, as needed.

Summit Counselor applicants must pass a background check, and remain on campus for the entire YLS program, including orientation.

Program Leads (PLs)

Current college juniors or seniors who serve as the head coordinators for each YLS program, and as the point-of-contact for the Summit Counselors in the weeks leading up to and throughout the course of the program. The PLs work with YLS professional staff to train SCs and facilitate communication between YLS professional staff and the SCs. Program Leads are responsible for assisting with YLS sessions, reviewing daily schedules and room assignments, leading workshop transitions, facilitating nightly meetings with the SCs and YLS professional staff, and serving as on-site/overnight contact.

PLs must pass a background check, and remain on campus for the entire YLS program, including orientation.

Please Note:  These are unpaid volunteer opportunities. YLC will cover the full cost of food, room and board throughout the conference, including orientation. There are limited available funds to cover travel for staff members to and from the host university, and will be considered on a case by case basis.


FBI Academy

Youth Leadership Program

The FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. (FBINAA) hosts a week long training event for high school students at the FBI Academy every summer called the Youth Leadership Program (YLP). To be qualified for this program you must:

  • Be 14, 15, or 16 years old at the start date of the program.  NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE TO THE AGE REQUIREMENT.
  • Demonstrate high academic standards and good citizenship.

Individuals interested in attending the Youth Leadership Program (YLP) need to contact their local Chapter or YLP Coordinator for further information.

For general informaton, please contact Laura Masterton at lmasterton@fbinaa.org.

The 2018 YLP Program is scheduled for June 21 – 29, 2018.

Here is timeline to make sure your applications are submitted on time:

January 15, 2018

Applications available from the Chapter’s YLP Coordinator.

March 16, 2018

Deadline for Applications submitted to the Chapter’s YLP Coordinator.

April 20, 2018

All Candidate Nominations Packages from Chapters/Associations are due to the FBINAA Executive Office.  No candidate nominations will be accepted after this date.

May 4, 2018

Final vetting/selection of YLP students will be made by the Executive Office and Chapters/Associations will be notified of their candidates acceptance.

May 11, 2018

Acceptance letters, File of Life and other pertinent information will be sent to candidates.

June 21, 2018

Program commences; Students arrive and are picked up at Reagan National Airport.

June 29, 2018

Program ends; Students Graduate and return home.

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Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project


Study at Harvard– Students accepted into this program are simultaneously accepted into Harvard Debate Council’s summer residential program at Harvard College.  This exclusive educational experience provides unmatched future advantages to our students.  The HDCDP board is raising scholarship funds in an effort to cover each student’s tuition, room & board, and travel.

Enhance college application & professional resume – Academic achievement is not enough for top-tiered colleges & universities; they desire students with leadership acumen.  HDCDP students gain exclusive leadership experiences that will enhance their college application and build their professional resume.

Pre-collegiate training – In Atlanta, students will acquire advanced enrichment through a rigorous academic program in which they will explore content higher than what is available in a traditional high school setting.  From January thru June, students will undergo intensive training by Harvard instructors in preparation to study at Harvard College in July.


HDCDP is an Atlanta-based diversity pipeline program designed to raise the young social & political voice in urban Atlanta and matriculate African-American students into the Harvard Debate Council’s summer residential program at Harvard College in Cambridge, MA.  We accomplish this goal through accelerated education and interactive field experience.  HDCDP seeks to develop the young social and political voice through our 3 pillars:

1.) Scholarship: An incubator for academic excellence– Our goal is to train citizens and leaders of the world, which requires global consciousness. Students will explore international issues through a rigorous curriculum centered on critical thinking, research, analysis, and academic debate.  Students are taught by Harvard instructors, during which they identify, cultivate, and use their voice in matters of social and political justice.

2.) Leadership: A launchpad for young leaders – The fact that young people do not have a vote in elections does not mean they shouldn’t have a voice. This program provides exposure to the challenges that confront today’s voting public through unique non-partisan experiences engaging in local politics and community activism in the city of Atlanta.

3.) Culture: A hub for cultural pride – We seek to cultivate cultural ambassadors that reform the meaning of scholarship into one that is appealing and accessible to black youth.  We endeavor to foster a sense of cultural pride through the exploration of African-American history, leadership, and erudition.  Our charge is to develop students that will embody the principle, “Lift as you climb” – ascending the ranks of social status while reaching back to pull others up, too.

Harvard Debate Council


TAG-Ed Summer Internship Program

Work on a STEM project at one of over 150 participating Georgia companies! The internships are paid, and the experience is priceless.

The TAG-Ed Summer Internship Program was created to give students like you real world STEM experience at companies around Atlanta and the state of Georgia. For five weeks or more, you will work with a mentor on a specific project, not only honing your technical skills, but also developing the professional skills you will need to excel through high school and beyond.

Applications to become a TAG-Ed Summer Intern are now open! We highly recommend you preview the application before starting by clicking “PREVIEW APP” below. The deadline to apply is June 12. Join more than 800 participants who have grown through their summer experience with TAG-Ed.

“More than anything, this internship was an eye-opening experience for me to see and understand how tech companies work. With this knowledge, I now know what it takes to be a leader in the workplace, and I am more motivated to learn and do well in school.”

Intern at The Weather Company

“The internships will surely help open your eyes about the fields you want to pursue. Such an amazing overall experience”

Intern at Rural Sourcing, Inc.

“I believe this experience was a great opportunity that would have been hard to obtain through my efforts alone. I sincerely believe the TAG-Ed program is particularly rewarding because of how great and responsive the coordinators are to the students’ needs and expectations!”

Intern at Delta Data Soft

“TAG-Ed is an excellent program, beginning with the workshops all the way to the placement of your internship. I would recommend this program for anyone because it prepares you for interviews, job opportunities and any type of professional development you would need.”

Intern at Turner


TAG-Ed is partnering with Concept Software, Inc. to bring an alternate opportunity for TAG-Ed intern applicants this summer: STEAM summer bootcamps. These intensive, four-week programs will be made available to top-tier students who are not matched with companies for TAG-Ed summer internships. This presents an excellent opportunity for students to continue building their technology (Course 1: Introduction to Technology) or marketing skills (Course 2: Digital Media Marketing & SEO) to prepare them for future professional experiences – at absolutely no cost!

When applying for your TAG-Ed internship, simply indicate whether you would also like to be considered for the 2017 STEAMConcept Bootcamp. Concept Software will then contact you directly with a secondary application. Note: this will not affect the chances of you receiving a TAG-Ed summer internship. All students will first be considered for a TAG-Ed internship.



21st Century Leaders Summer Programs

Become the leader you were always meant to be. Become a 21st Century Leader!

Imagine spending the next three years of high school with access to exclusive summer leadership institutes, hands-on experiences and training, a community of like-minded and motivated peers, and a network of leading Georgia business and professional leaders working with you. 21st Century Leaders offers you all of that and so much more. Become a 21st Century Leader and be inspired to lead.

Check out all our exclusive opportunities below and see how you can start your leadership journey with 21st Century Leaders:


Summer Leadership Institutes

Experience an intensive week-long residential leadership program as your first exposure to 21st Century Leaders. 21CL offers three exclusive summer leadership institutes, expanding your leadership skills and exposing you to various businesses and industries throughout the state of Georgia. Each leadership institute will engage you through interactive workshops, corporate tours, round-tables with business leaders, and team-building exercises. Plus, you’ll have the time of your life while living on a college-campus, expanding your skills and meeting a diverse group of students from all across the state!

Leadership Connect

Leadership Connect is the perfect way to start your 21st Century Leaders journey! Leadership Connect is our online learning platform, challenging and connecting you to a new set of online workshops, hands-on activities, and exclusive opportunities expanding your leadership skills and career interests for the future! Earn incentives, rewards, special experiences, digital badges, and maybe even a spot in the interview round of our summer leadership institutes!


As a 21st Century Leader, you have access to a full range of training opportunities throughout the year. From two-day summits to online workshops, you can pick and choose the training that works best for you to further your skills and inspire you to lead. Take a look at what we have to offer!


Youth Leadership Teams

21CL provides three dynamic special youth leadership teams for our students, which are comprised of highly engaged and motivated 21CL students who work together and independently on fulfilling the mission of 21st Century Leaders.

Youth Leadership Centers

Youth Leadership Centers bring the 21CL experience to your school through student–led leadership and community service-based club centered in participating Georgia high schools.


Summer Programs at George Mason

Youth Leadership Conferences

Mason is excited to partner with the following student leadership conferences to offer outstanding high school and university scholars the opportunity to participate in the following experiences for elective college credit.

  • Envision Career & Leadership Programs
  • Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program (HOBY)
  • Washington Journalism and Media Conference
  • Washington Youth Summit on the Environment

These programs have been approved by our faculty, and students who qualify can receive college credit for “Special Topics in Leadership.” Scholars enrolled in 4- to 8-day programs earn one (1) college credit, while programs that run 9 days or longer are eligible for two (2) college credits. This is elective Mason credit and generally transfers to other four-year colleges and universities, but we recommend that students and parents check with the college/university they are applying to or attending if they are interested in how the credit would apply.

General Information

How are students selected?

Students are selected to represent their school and state through our academic partnerships. Nominations may be made by high school educators or students are identified by George Mason University through information we receive about students interests and/or academic ability through college entrance exams, or through data from NRCCUA (National Research Center for College and University Administrators), which conduct high school interest/career surveys. Educators are invited to fill out a nomination form for any of our student leadership opportunities and students will be contacted to confirm their nomination.

How are students evaluated?

The course, Special Topics in Leadership is a “Pass/Fail” course and students are evaluated based on their experiential learning opportunities throughout the week. Conference faculty will monitor their active participation in simulations, contributions to discussions and demonstration of leadership and critical thinking skills in group and individual settings. Students will receive feedback on their progress throughout the conference.

How do I enroll in Mason college credit?

Scholars must “opt in” and apply for the elective credit by contacting the conference Office of Admissions and completing the online enrollment application, as well as answering the required questions on the Student Information Form. This must be done no later than the end of the second day of the program session. Students enrolling for credit must be capable of doing college-level work and have completed the 9th grade at the time of the program. Students are asked to provide a self-reported GPA and complete the required questions and student leadership essay prior to conference participation. Tuition is $100.00 for one (1) credit and $200.00 for two (2) credits. Payment will be made to the specific conference. Students who do not meet the requirements for college credit will be refunded the credit tuition amount


USDA Pathways Programs

USDA Pathways Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers different pathway opportunities for students and recent graduates to work in the agricultural, science, technology, math, environmental, management, business and many other fields. USDA offers internships to students and recent graduates to help them to excel in their chosen fields.

USDA Internship Program

The USDA Internship Program provides paid work experiences for students who are in high school or pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an accredited college or university (including Home-Schooling, Certificate Programs and Community Colleges). Interns may work during the summer, fall, spring or year round. Please apply at www.usajobs.gov – Students and Recent Graduates

USDA Recent Graduates Program

The USDA Recent Graduates Program provides individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs with developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service. Participants must have obtained a degree, or completed a qualifying career or technical education program within the preceding 2 years. Veterans are eligible to participate to the program within 6 years of obtaining a degree or graduating qualifying program.

USDA Presidential Management Fellows Program

The USDA Presidential Management Fellows Program is a prestigious, competitive program that is managed by the Office of Personnel Management. The PMF Program supports leadership development for recent graduates who have been pre-qualified or recommended by a network of graduate schools. Graduates are provided with a 2 year appointment at USDA that may lead to conversion to a permanent appointment.

Questions regarding any of the three USDA Pathways Programs can be directed to:


Cobb Youth Leadership

Cobb Youth Leadership

The Leadership Cobb Alumni Association (LCAA) sponsors Cobb Youth Leadership (CYL), a leadership program for rising high school juniors that focuses on developing leadership skills through interactive participation. This program was created in 1989 to provide students a unique opportunity to learn about their community as well as meet and interact with students from other high schools.

Students attending public or private high schools or home-school students in Cobb County must complete and submit applications for CYL in the spring of their sophomore year. Applications are reviewed by the CYL Steering Committee and approximately 50 students are chosen for the class. Students participate in the program during their junior year of high school.

Applications Open!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 class! Click here to complete the online form.

All applications must be submitted by Friday, April 14, 2017.

For more information about CYL, contact Katie Guice at 770-859-2334 or kguice@cobbchamber.org.

Frequently Asked Questions About CYL

What are some of the activities of CYL?

Through approximately five evening programs during the course of the school year participants in the CYL program are introduced to local, state and national leaders. They also receive information on the responsibility, ethics and tools for effective leadership. The monthly programs run from August through April. Students also participate in two retreats where they focus on team building, personality inventories and additional leadership topics such as cultural diversity and community service.

When does CYL meet?

An orientation takes place in August along with a Fall Retreat in September. Following the retreat, evening programs are held monthly September through March. The year concludes with a spring retreat held in late March/early April.

What costs are associated with being a part of CYL?

Current tuition for selected students is $650.

Who is in charge of CYL?

CYL is governed by a steering committee comprised of Leadership Cobb Alumni and high school seniors as recent graduates of CYL.

How does someone learn more about CYL?

Contact the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association through the Cobb Chamber, or contact Katie Guice at 770-859-2334 or kguice@cobbchamber.org.

How can someone provide assistance to CYL?

By serving on the CYL Steering Committee, providing financial assistance to a candidate who is unable to pay the tuition or by sponsoring a program for CYL


Cobb Youth Leadership Class of 2016 has had an outstanding year so far! The last seven months have been full of new friendships and opportunities to grow leadership skills. Listed below are some highlights from the program days and evenings.

  • Orientation – Located at Six Flags Over Georgia, the new class gathered together to meet for the first time, ride the roller coasters and kick the year off! They even dodged a few downpours in between rides.
  • Fall Retreat – The class went up to WinShape Wilderness for a weekend of team building on a ropes course, a massive kickball game, s’mores and bonding. They ended the retreat hearing from the ADDO Institute.
  • Myers Briggs Evening – Linda Beggs spent the evening reviewing the class’ personality test results, challenging them to celebrate their introverted or extroverted selves and seek to understand others better. They walked aware with a greater awareness of how they interact with their classmates and peers.
  • Public Safety Evening – The class braved the colder weather and got a small taste of what kind of training it takes to be in public safety. From simulations to K-9 demonstrations, the students really enjoyed this interactive night.
  • Media and Communications Evening – On this night, the students met at Chattahoochee Technical College and heard from communication experts. They learned the importance of a good introduction, the impact of their social media footprint and how to communicate effectively.
  • Government and Military Evening – Located at Dobbin Air Reserve Base, the class heard from our leaders at the base and Representative Bert Reeves – a CYL and LC grad and past CYL Chair. They toured the Security Forces Squadron and even got to try on some of their gear!
  • Community Service Evening – The class heard from two speakers in our community who are plugged into the needs of our county. They brought items to make toiletry bags to donate to these organizations. The class packed over 1,000 bags to give away. Amazing!
  • International Evening – Dressed representing their family heritage, the students learned some salsa dancing steps and heard from the Executive Director of Go Eat Give, Sucheta Rawal.
  • Health and Sports Evening – The class had the privilege of hearing from former UGA football star Rennie Curan, Braves representative Kelvin Scott and Sports Medicine expert Rob Riesing. They concluded the night with some football warm ups led by Rennie.
  • Spring Retreat – Held at Stone Mountain Park, the class gathered together one last time to conclude their year with some team building games and time spent together around the park. It was a wonderful weekend spent with new friends!


Yale Young Global Scholars-Beijing

Program Dates: February
The Yale Young Global Scholars-Beijing Program (YYGS-Beijing) is an immersive 9-day pre-collegiate experience designed to cultivate the next generation of Chinese leaders and China scholars. Our original academic enrichment and skills-based curriculum has been designed for outstanding high school students from China and around the world to encourage their drive, energy, vision, and potential to make a meaningful impact as young leaders.
Through a highly competitive application process, up to 80 talented high school students will have the opportunity to learn from distinguished faculty, practitioners, Yale students, and Yale alumni, all while experiencing state-of-the-art facilities at the Yale Center Beijing. Each new cohort of Yale Young Global Scholars will join a global network of the world’s most talented young leaders, helping to build stronger links between China and a rapidly changing world.

Learn more about the program overview.

Learn more about eligibility requirements.
Learn more about tuition and scholarships.


21st Century Leaders


The 21st Century Leaders is a three-year leadership development program for high school students in the state of Georgia. Participants come from over 200 Georgia high schools and truly reflect the state’s diversity. Students hail from urban and rural settings and represent a range of religious, social, economic and ethnic backgrounds.

Since 1991, more than 10,000 students have participated in the program. 97% enter college and 72% report taking leadership roles in their post- high school experiences.

Currently, 65% of the participants are minority students, 40% come from low-income families and 25% are moderately at-risk. By providing students the opportunity to interact and relate with peers from different backgrounds, 21st Century Leaders fosters an appreciation for diversity that is paramount for society.

Students develop leadership skills and build confidence through weeklong summer programs, national service day events and other core events during the year. Throughout the program, 21st Century Leaders gain the leadership skills needed to succeed in the collegiate and professional world.

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