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The Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) Application is Now Open!


Are you a high-achieving Latino high school junior and student leader? If so, the highly-rated YLI is for you! You were identified as a competitive applicant, because of your strong academic performance.

The application takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Visit our YLI page for more information.

YLI is a free, college empowerment summer program for high achieving Latino high school juniors, held virtually and at two top universities across the US. This highly selective program is designed to give young leaders the practical tools they need to successfully apply to top universities, have full access to scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and set a course for academic and career success.

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 24, 2023, 5:00 PM PT.

It is entirely FREE for students to apply and participate:

  • HSF and the host institution provide you housing: 5 days, on-campus, within the YLI dorm at USC or The University of Chicago

  • HSF and the host institution provide all food on-campus and program materials

  • If you need assistance, HSF pays for your roundtrip airfare transportation, from your city to YLI

YLI DatesYLI 2023 has two components, and students are required to fully attend both:

  • Virtual component via zoom (2 days)

  • Followed by an in-person component on college campus (5 days) a couple of weeks later

Important: To be eligible to participate in the 5-day in-person component of the program, students must have fully participated in the 2-day virtual component. Failure to successfully complete the virtual component via zoom will lead to dismissal and inability to participate in the in-person component. We do not have any other virtual component dates, and we are unable to make any exceptions. Virtual Component Dates (all required, via zoom)

  • Orientation & Code of Conduct Overview: Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 3:30 PM – 5:15 PM Pacific Time

  • Virtual YLI: Saturday, May 6, 2023 & Sunday, May 7, 2023, 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM Pacific Time each day (with short breaks throughout the day)

In-Person Component Dates & Locations (required)HSF will be hosting the in-person component of YLI 2023 at:

  • The University of Chicago: Wednesday, June 28, 2023 – Sunday, July 2, 2023, in Chicago, IL.

  • University of Southern California (USC): Wednesday, July 19, 2023 – Sunday, July 23, 2023, in Los Angeles, CA.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current high school junior (Class of 2024), attending high school in the United States or a U.S. Territory

  • Must have an unweighted GPA above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or above an 80 on a 100-point scale (or equivalent)

  • Identify as being of Hispanic heritage

  • US Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, or DACA

  • Plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university after high school graduation

  • Upon acceptance into the program, you will be required to verify that you are fully vaccinated (visit our website for details)

Is there a cost to attend YLI? No, it is FREE for students to apply and participate How to Apply:

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 24, 2023, 5:00 PM PT.

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