Youth Leadership Greater Washington

Empowering High School Students to Learn From Community Leaders


Youth Leadership Greater Washington (YLGW) is a five-month youth leadership development and community education program. Founded in 1991, this interactive program serves high school sophomores and juniors in the Greater Washington region. Each year, participants have the opportunity to learn from community leaders about topics including diversity, health, social action and leadership.

Young Minds Making an Impact

YLGW engages area youth to raise their awareness of regional issues and challenge their assumptions about their roles in the world. LGW selects proven or aspiring youth leaders from diverse backgrounds, providing them opportunities for in-depth learning and collaboration with prominent decision makers in our region.

Youth leaders meet 8am – 4pm once a month (January to May) at Pepco Edison Place Gallery and various locations. In each session, participants concentrate on one community topic and engage with community leaders to explore opportunities for positive change. Past topics have included art, community health, public safety, and inclusiveness and equity. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

Program graduates come away with tools to help them be effective leaders in their communities — at school, at home, and among their peers.

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Eligibility and Application instructions

Who Should Apply?

YLGW seeks motivated high school sophomores and juniors in the Greater Washington region. 

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Application for the Youth Leadership Class of 2019 is now closed. Check back this summer for information on the class of 2020.