Youth Leadership Program (YLP)
Youth Leadership seeks to develop young individuals to be the next generation of community leaders; preparing them for constructive and responsible involvement in community affairs, while also thinking seriously about career pathways in Berkshire County.
The program has been developed for high school juniors who will apply in the spring semester of their sophomore year. Applicants will be selected based on demonstrated leadership qualities both inside and outside the classroom. Through Youth Leadership, students are given the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight that will help them make meaningful decisions regarding their future. And, the program is very affordable; tuition is $100. Individual financial aid is available. Funds are limited and partial tuition assistance is issued based on need.
Youth Leadership is countywide in scope. The program brings together a diverse group of students from public and private high schools in the Berkshire area. The interaction among youth from all parts of the county encourages mutual respect, dispels misplaced fears, and results in a shared concern for a continuing commitment to the growth and advancement of the Berkshire area.
The Youth Leadership program provides the opportunity for students to learn and practice the skills necessary to become productive workers and community leaders. Throughout the ten-month long program, students explore our community – its resources, leadership, issues and opportunities. They share ideas and learn what it takes to become a consensus builder and effective decision-maker. Participants examine the functional areas of business and the career pathways found right here in their own backyards. They explore civic responsibility and the various roles they can play in their communities to inspire a life-long commitment to the Berkshires.
Acceptance notifications for the Class of 2016 will be sent soon! Current High School Sophomores are going through the interview process now.
2015-16 PROGRAM CALENDAR:
Monthly sessions are from 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm; session locations to be determined.
Friday – Sunday, July 31-Aug 2, 2015 Kick-Off Retreat at Williams College
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 Energy and Environmental Technology Session
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 Finance, Insurance & Real Estate Session
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 Education & Human Services Session
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 Construction, Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 Government & Legal Session
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 Healthcare Session
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Tourism, Hospitality and Media Session
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Creative Economy & Agriculture/Nutrition
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 Non-profit & Leadership Session
Tuesday, May 11, 2016 Commencement
YLP CLASS OF 2015 - IN SESSION!
The YLP Class of 2015 is in session! At their kick off retreat, August 8th-10th, this group of 30 soon-to-be high school juniors met Friday morning and, under the guidance of our facilitating crew at Edgework Consulting and Program Coordinator Danielle Thomas, left Sunday morning as a cohesive group ready for the rest of the program.