Youth Leadership Tallahassee

This year-long program is an extension of the main Leadership Tallahassee program for adults, bringing together a diverse group of high school juniors from public & private schools in Tallahassee who have demonstrated leadership potential in formal & informal situations, and preparing them to become ethical leaders committed to active community involvement.

About the Program

Students attend a series of sessions offered between July & April, including an Opening Retreat, seven program days, graduation, a class project, and an opportunity to serve on a community organization’s Board of Directors.

The overnight Opening Retreat focuses on team-building & defining leadership.  Students have an opportunity to explore a personal philosophy of leading and leadership. Interaction with classmates at the retreat & throughout the year helps to foster life-long bonds & build networking skills.

The seven program days focus on various current topics related to issues in the Tallahassee area.  Held on school days from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, class members will meet at a central location in the community to begin the day’s experience.

For example, a typical day on business and finance might include:

  • A panel discussion about entrepreneurship made up of young entrepreneurs & moderated by a top local business leader
  • Site tours of businesses in our community with local & international impact including presentations by their CEOs
  • A leadership skill-building exercise on interviewing techniques or goal setting
  • A class team-building activity focusing on developing a business to present to a “shark tank” panel of local business people


Hear what YLT graduates have to say.

Current Class

Meet the members of YLT 12!

Past Graduates

Click here for a full list of YLT alumni.

How to Apply

For information on how to apply, click HERE.