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 2019-20 program begins with an orientation on September 29 and a mandatory opening retreat on October 6. 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 14.


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