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The LiFEsports Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) is dedicated to preparing youth for college and post-secondary educational opportunities. The YLA seeks to expand on the important skills taught at the LiFEsports Summer Camp and clinics (i.e., self-control, effort, teamwork, and social responsibility) by providing high school youth with additional educational experiences that will help them gain the necessary skills to succeed at work and life, as well as the knowledge of what it takes to be a leader at LiFEsports and in their community. YLA is a four-year program for participants, with an annual registration process. Youth entering the program for the first time will be considered a Year 1 Youth Leader. Each year of YLA consists of a different theme:


Year 1 – Plan: Essential leadership and communication skills.

Year 2 – Prepare: Introduction to college and career readiness.

Year 3 – Practice: Simulated college and career readiness activities.

Year 4 – Perform: One on one action towards college/post-secondary education.


These themes are incorporated into the program activities throughout the course of the year.  Each year the YLA begins in October and ends in August with a celebration of youth.  This year, the YLA will occur on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 – 7 p.m. beginning in October. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year YLA program will be held virtually with potential in-person meetings next year. Below are the anticipated program dates for 2020-21.

To be eligible to be a Youth Leader, youth must:

  • Be a current high school student,
  • Have attended a LiFEsports Summer program (on campus, at Beatty Community Center, or virtually), and
  • Be excited to learn more about what it means to be a leader at LiFEsports and in their community!

To be a Youth Leader at our summer programs, youth must complete the Youth Leadership Academy!


2020-21 Youth Leadership Academy Schedule

Youth will also plan and participate in two community service activities during the course of the program.

For questions, contact Stephen Moore at



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