Youth Leadership Academy Class of 2022 – now open to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students!

The Leadership Lake County Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) is designed as an eight-month program for a sixth, seventh and eighth grade students to learn the basics of goal setting, communication, time management and community service skills. It is a unique opportunity designed to guide students to reach his or her full potential.

The Youth Leadership Academy focuses on skill development as it relates to:

  • Leadership
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Goal Setting
  • Working with Others
  • Communication Skills
  • Service in the Community

The Youth Leadership Academy is funded by tuition, corporate sponsorships and grants from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, The Lubrizol Corporation, Lincoln Electric, Lake Health, and Christ Child Society of the Western Reserve.

Tuition Information:  $350 (non-refundable).  Thanks to our community partners, we are able to subsidize a significant portion of the actual program cost per student of $750.  A limited number of partial scholarships will be available to help defray the $350 tuition based on financial need.

Click here to apply to the Class of 2022!

Click here for the School Approval Form (Please print out and have your principal sign)

Click here to upload forms (Reference Letters & School Approval Forms)

General Information

  • Classes: Meet on the first Tuesday in August and the second Tuesday September through April from 7:30 am – 2:30 pm.  There is no program day in January.  School absences are considered field experience and are excused absences.
  • Participants: Middle school students attending school or residing in Lake County.  We aim to have all schools represented in each program year.  Applications are accepted from fifth, sixth and seventh grade students for acceptance into the program for the following academic year.  Class size is limited to 45 individuals.
  • Graduation:  Program participants will be recognized at a Graduation reception on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Participants must meet all of the program requirements to be eligible for graduation.

For more information, contact call 440.290.7933 or

Dates to remember

April 23, 2021 Applications Due 
May 11, 2021 Orientation for participants and parents (Tuition Due) (6:30 pm – 7:30 pm)
August 10, 2021 Opening Retreat - Everyday Leadership - Mandatory 

September 14, 2021

October 12, 2021

Leaders & Followers
November 9, 2021 Communicating as Leaders
December 14, 2021 Turning Conflict into Cooperation
February 8, 2022 Collaboration is Leadership
March 8, 2022 Motivating the Team
April 12, 2022  Closing Retreat and Graduation - Mandatory