Youth Leadership Academy Class of 2021 – 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.

Click here to apply to the Class of 2021

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 2021 YLA Tuition

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

September 11, 2020 Applications Due (Deadline extended due to COVID-19 protocol)
September 22, 2020 Orientation for participants and parents (Tuition Due) (6:00 pm – 7:30 pm)
October 13, 2020 Opening Retreat - Everyday Leadership
November 10, 2020 Communicating as Leaders
December 8, 2020 Turning Conflict into Cooperation
February 9, 2021 Collaboration is Leadership
March 9, 2021 Motivating the Team
April 13, 2021 Stepping into Leadership
May 11, 2021 Closing Retreat & Graduation