youth leadership

Please read the below in its entirety. The application can be submitted at the bottom of this page. 

Requirements of the Program

Applicants must attend:

  • Orientation
  • Opening retreat
  • All seven program sessions
  • Commencement event

As well participate in the class project.

Applicants must receive a nomination. If you have not received a nomination, please share this link with a representative of your school that will nominate you:


The 2021-22 program begins with an orientation on Sunday, September 26, 3:30 – 4:30pm, and a mandatory opening retreat on Sunday, October 3, 12:30 – 7:30pm. 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 Thursday, May 19, 2022, 11:00am – 1:30pm.

Program Calendar


Sunday, September 26                 Orientation  (3:30-4:30pm)                    

Sunday, October 3                         Opening Retreat (12:30-7:30pm)

Thursday, October 7                     Visioning/Project Team Work & Covey Skills

Thursday, November 11                Adult/Youth Day | Servant Leadership &Community Plunge

Thursday, December 2                 Community History, Present and Future


Sunday, January 9                         **Student Choice** (1:00-6:30)

Thursday, February 10                  Challenge Leadership/Wiese Training                                

Thursday, March 10                       Collaboration

**Thursday, March 24                    Tentative “Snow Day”/Make-Up Program Day**

Thursday, April 14                           Project Team Presentations

Thursday, May 19                            Adult and Youth Leadership Graduation/ Commencement Luncheon (11:00 am – 1:30 pm)


Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the designated site where all session days will begin and end. Transportation during each session will be provided by Youth Leadership. Youth Leadership will provide lunch as well.

Levels of Tuition

Tuition is on a sliding scale based on family income. The scale ranges from $100-$1,200 with full tuition at $1,500. If needed, payments may be made in installments. Families may apply for additional financial assistance if needed, please contact the Leadership office at 574.314.9090 with questions.







Over $100,000



$30,000 – $49,999



$80,000- $99,999



Under $30,000



$50,000 – $79,999




Selection Committee

A selection committee will review each application using the goals of Youth Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka as a guide and will choose a class of approximately 45 participants. Applications will remain confidential. Due to limited space, not all applicants will be accepted into the program. All applicants will be notified in writing of the selection committee’s decision in early September of 2021. Students need to confirm participation and make payment arrangements by September 16, 2021.

Important Information

Application best practice — please examine the question portion of the application prior to your completion of the application. The actual application itself will time out after being open for 15 minutes and will not “catch” your answers if it is open longer. It is best to take your time, draft your answers in a Word document, and then refresh the application window to cut and paste your final answers into the application. This will eliminate all “time out” issues. You will receive an instant webpage confirmation AND email upon successful submission of your application. If you do not see an instant webpage confirmation, your application was not received.

The Youth Application is now closed.