Youth Leadership Institute


Why YLI?

There are plenty of reasons to devote one week of your summer to attend YLI. Three great ones are:

  • To build your résumé with leadership training
  • To win scholarship money
  • To make new friends from around the Kansas City area

You will learn to work as a team in many adventurous and energetic activities, including an adventure course. You’ll challenge yourself, learn about yourself and begin to discover what you want in your future.


But don’t take it from us. Hear what past participants have to say:

"I went to YLI thinking that all I would be doing is sitting around and getting lectured to. I have to tell you that YLI is so much more. Not only did I learn qualities of a leader and have fun, I also learned qualities about myself that I never knew and made friends in the process."

"To say that YLI had an impact on my path in life to date would be putting it mildly. When I was selected to participate in YLI, I was an impressionable sophomore in high school, no clear goals or aspirations. What I gained from my week working with Rotarians and community leaders was less a picture of where I wanted to be in ten years, and more of an understanding of what kind of person I wanted to be for the rest of my life.”

What their parents have to say:

"My son just submitted his Common Application for college admissions. Just like his sister, his essay was about YLI and the lasting impression it had on him. I think that says a lot about the program and the positive impact it had on both my kids."

"YLI gave both my children the confidence to move out of their comfort zones and take advantage of this unique leadership development program. They both came away with greater confidence in themselves and a better understanding of how to work effectively in teams. They also developed a healthy respect for the facilitators of the program. The instructors gave willingly of their time to share their experiences with the participants and made a great impression."