How To Apply For YLT

The Selection Committee will select a diverse group of participants for the program, enabling the class members to experience working with young people from a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives, an important ability for community leaders. It is not assumed that an applicant already has specific leadership skills. No extra consideration will be given to any applicant based upon their status as a relative or friend of any Leadership Tallahassee alumni, donor or staff member.

Eligible applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • In the 10th grade during the entire application process and who will participate in YLT as high school juniors (11th grade) during the 2023-2024 school year;
  • Attending a school in Leon County or home-schooled Leon County residents;
  • Interested in learning more about leadership and our community;
  • Likely to put the skills learned through YLT to use in the community;
  • Interested in networking with other local high school teens; and
  • Willing to commit the time and energy necessary to complete the program.
  • Have a minimum of 2.5 G.P.A., unweighted;
  • Obtain written consent of their parent/guardian(s); and
  • Been identified by school administrators or other community leaders as having leadership potential. Leadership can come in a variety of arenas: community, student government, sports, arts, faith, community and family.

Youth Leadership Tallahassee Code of Conduct

  • Demonstrate being a leader by thinking, behaving and acting like a leader.
  • Maintain high standards of conduct and encourage other members to do the same.
  • Take the initiative to keep a positive attitude.
  • Be a role model for their peers at all times.
  • Follow all laws, rules, regulations and the YLT Code of Conduct.
  • Not possess any drugs, tobacco, or alcohol.
  • Demonstrate respectful language and behavior.

General Information

Attendance is MANDATORY at ALL of the following events: Orientation, Opening Retreat, all six program days; and Graduation. Missing one of these events is grounds for expulsion from YLT. You must attend, be on time and participate fully.

It is free to apply to YLT. You must type your application and turn it in by February 7 to be considered for selection into YLT for the next program year. You may be interviewed as part of the selection process.

If selected, each participant must pay a $250 fee. Payment plans and a limited number of scholarships are available for this participation fee. This fee will not be a barrier for any student selected for the program.