Youth Leadership United

Youth Leadership United expands opportunities for young people to participate as community planners and decision makers within nonprofit boards and committees. Each year, YLU selects and trains 30 high school students from Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties.
There is no cost to apply.

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YLU develops and nurtures the skills of a diverse group of potential community leaders, through a variety of training activities that focus on exploring leadership styles and skills. Young leaders will increase their knowledge and understanding of the community and the nonprofit sector.

Classes and activities are scheduled outside the school day and begin with an opening retreat in January and continue for six Saturday sessions until May. Training includes sessions on philanthropy and giving, board responsibilities, meeting procedures, diversity, consensus and team building, community issues, personal mission and hands-on community service.

If accepted to the program, a $100 fee will be charged per participant. A recommendation letter is required in order to submit your application (Who should you ask for a recommendation letter and how should you ask them? Here are some tips!). If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact

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5 Great Benefits of YLU

High school is a time of change and discovery while you prepare for the next big step in life. Youth Leadership United will help you prepare for what’s next by teaching you about how you think, learn, communicate and lead.

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Dejhari Finds Her Voice

"What I loved most about [Youth Leadership United] was the environment that was created. I was able to go into an environment that was filled with like-minded, inspired, encouraging, driven people."

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Kinsey is Teaching the Next Generation to be Community Leaders

"Youth should volunteer and give back to their community because it teaches valuable life skills and forms bonds between every member in a community. I learned time management, organizational skills, presentation skills, interpersonal skills and much more. "

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Building Future Leaders

Are you a high school student with the qualifications and confidence to serve successfully on nonprofit boards and committees. Are you ready to create a strong and diverse base of future leaders for Central Indiana?

If the answer is "yes," then Youth Leadership United is for you. Apply now and email Celeste Gellenbeck if you have any questions.

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