Youth Leadership Program


Youth Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka is a dynamic and intensive student leadership program which offers an exciting opportunity for participants to learn more about themselves as well as their own community. Our mission is to develop the capacity and commitment of people to recognize, understand, and respond to their community’s trusteeship needs—through civic education, skill building, and service. In Youth Leadership, we are dedicated to cultivating “tomorrow’s leaders” today.

Through a series of engaging program days using the community as our classroom, participants learn leadership skills, servant leadership, community awareness, and engage in dialogue about issues facing our community. Personal growth is also experienced as we work with participants to cultivate confidence and self-esteem, citizenship, sensitivity to diversity, personal responsibility, and a sense of lifelong learning. 


The 2020-21 program begins with an orientation on September 27 and a mandatory opening retreat on October 4. The retreat is a necessary component of the program and begins to set the tone for the work that will follow in each of the program days.  Once a month, participants will meet on a Thursday for a program day lasting from 8:30am-3:15pm. Absences from school due to participation in a Youth Leadership Program Day are considered as "excused."

Along with attendance and participation in program day activities, participants are also expected to work on a class project. Our final event will be a graduation and commencement program on May 20th.


Program Calendar for Class 28 (Sept 2020-May 2021)

September 27, 2020            Orientation 
October 4, 2020                   Retreat - Mandatory
October 8, 2020
November 19, 2020
December 3, 2020
January 10, 2021                 Sunday: 1:00-6:30pm
February 4, 2021
March 11, 2021
**March 25, 2021                Tentative Snow Day Make Up**
April 15, 2021
May 20, 2021                      Commencement Luncheon


Youth Leadership brings together approximately 45 high school sophomores and juniors from area local high schools exhibiting diversity from experiences, school participation, culture, and gender. Minimum requirements for participation are:

  • Academic Stability
  • Good School Attendance
  • Commitment to Youth Leadership
  • Live or attend school in St. Joseph County


Youth Leadership graduates carry on all they have learned into their schools, neighborhoods, churches, and community.


For additional information, including tuition costs and scholarship opportunities, contact Carrie Bossung