Youth Leadership Academy Class of 2020 – 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.

Click here for printable Fact Sheet and Program Calendar

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.

Applications for the Class of 2020 closed. Applications for the Class of 2021 coming soon!

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)

Click here to pay 2020 YLA Tuition (Due April 23, 2019)

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 December.  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 14, 2020. 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 11, 2019                   Applications Due

April, 23, 2019                    Orientation for participants and parents (Tuition Due) (6:00 pm – 7:30 pm)

August 6, 2019                   Everyday Leadership                     

September 10, 2019           Understanding Leadership              

October 8, 2019                 Leaders and Followers                   

November 12, 2019            Communicating as Leaders             

January 14, 2020               Turning Conflict into Cooperation     

February 11, 2020             Collaboration is Leadership             

March 10, 2020                  Motivating the Team                     

April 14, 2020                    Closing Retreat and Graduation