Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose.
Youth Leadership Council’s mission is to challenge our students to be the best leaders to fulfill their life goals. Studies have shown that success and leadership are not directly correlated with talent or luck; the most critical factor being GRIT. Grit is defined as passion and perseverance for long-term goals. No matter how many times they fail, successful leaders never lose faith in their goals.
This year’s Youth Leadership Conference at Rice University will teach students about grit and how to better persevere in their life goals. Our three-day conference is packed with small group activities, debrief sessions, and guest speakers to improve our student’s grit and motivate them to pursue their passion regardless of obstacles in their way. Students will walk away from conference feeling empowered with a new mindset that will help them pursue their goals and become great future leaders!
If you are a high school student (entering 9th grade through graduating senior) and you want to:
- Develop & practice leadership skills
- Learn from college and young professional mentors
- Challenge yourself through a series of team-building activities
- Enjoy a weekend in a Rice University dormitory
- Meet new friends from across the city, state, and country
- Showcase your talents through our Café Y event
- Add a ton of excitement to your summer!
Student Registration is NOW CLOSED for the 2018 Youth Leadership Conference.
Please check back soon for 2019 conference.
For questions, e-mail our Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Conference Recap
The 2017 YLC Conference theme was Be Confident. Be You. Confidence leads to success. In order to develop confidence, we practiced “power poses” to build upon physical confidence and activities to be gain self understanding of each individuals traits, which can help foster self confidence. With an exciting conference and fun scavenger hunt, students confidently led their groups and used their strengths to help them achieve their goals.
2016 Conference Recap
The 2016 YLC Conference theme was The Fire Within. Activities for this year’s conference were centered around the idea of emotional intelligence (EQ). In order to be a great leader, one must develop a strong sense of understanding regarding those around them. Motivation, self-awareness, empathy, social skills, and self-regulation were all skills that students learned to build upon through fun-filled, learning activities.
2015 Conference Recap
The 2015 YLC Conference theme was Smash The Glass. All leaders have already come across obstacles, whether physical, emotional, internal, external, or whatever they may be. Through an exciting conference, students learned how their individuality, determination, motivation, and THEIR STORY could help them find success.
2014 Conference Recap
The 2014 YLC Conference theme was #StepUp @YLCHouston. All great leaders have causes or passions, whether light-hearted or serious, local or global, for which they step up. Stepping up can be as simple as raising awareness about an issue through social media to something more complicated, like creating a non-profit organization for a cause. Through a multitude of fun and educational activities, our 2014 program empowered and enabled students to step up for what they believe in.
2013 Conference Recap
The 2013 YLC Conference theme was Don’t Stop Believing which focused on building and developing confidence to become a more effective leader! Through exciting, fun activities the program strove to develop these skills.
2012 Conference Recap
Our Youth Leadership Conference theme for 2012 was Finding Your Voice. An important leadership skill to have is to be able to communicate clearly and effectively. Students learned this important skill through engaging activities that required communicating to accomplish team tasks. Students were able to practice effective communication to others and groups and were able to learn the differences between effective and ineffective communication.
2011 Conference Recap
The theme of 2011 conference was Don’t Hate, Innovate! Simply put, great leaders are innovative. They possess knowledge, vision, are willing to collaborate, take risks(when necessary), and are resilient. Through a fun and new program format, the 2011 Conference strives to teach these skills to our students.
2010 Conference Recap
The 2010 YLC Conference theme was– Can Y’all Hear Me Now?. The conference inspired high school students to explore the multitude of communications related issues that affect their environment and to empower them with the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to actively engage their communities.
2009 Conference Recap
A common suggestion for the program from previous YLC students was to address how and when to apply the leadership skills learned from conference in a real world setting. The theme for YLC Conference 2009 was Call to Action. During the conference, we presented the students with a “call to action” – a call for our students to plan, organize, and execute their own community service project. YLC engaged students to explore the concerns that affected their communities and where they could play a role. This pledge required students to use the leadership skills learned from conference and apply that knowledge to effect real, positive change. Conference served as an opportunity for students to build on their self confidence and improve upon their skills in organization, prioritization, and communication.
For more information, please contact:
Youth Leadership Council