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Youth Leadership Academy

The Youth Leadership Academy of Madison County (YLA) is an exciting program for high school juniors. Our program prepares young leaders to meet the challenges facing Madison County and central Indiana through hands-on activities and stimulating discussions involving community leaders and visionaries.


Learn about Servant Leadership and working together to meet community needs.

Get to know community leaders and visionaries.

Develop your strengths and skills that will serve you throughout your professional career and personal life.

  • 40 Madison County and central Indiana young people who will be high school juniors during the YLA session year

  • Demonstrate leadership potential in school and/or community activities

  • Have interest in the community

  • Commit to full participation in the program

  • Maintain satisfactory academic, attendance and citizenship records


Tuition for a youth participant is $750. Please note we rely on our sponsors to supplement the remaining cost for the YLA program. Tuition does not cover the full cost of opening retreat, months of programming and program materials for participating youth.

Scholarships are available based on family income and circumstance. Contact us for more information.


YLA is a program of the Leadership Academy of Madison County. The classes of 1996 and 1997 seeing the need for youth to experience leadership training and to become valued trustees of Madison County and central Indiana, created the youth program. The graduates of YLA have been instrumental in developing the current curriculum and are mentors for future YLA Classes.


Opening Retreat July 20th, 2024 

August 2nd, 2024 

August 29th, 2024

September 5th, 2024

September 14th, 2024

October 3rd, 2024

October 31st, 2024

November 13th, 2024

December 5th, 2024

January 23rd, 2025 

January 28th, 2025 

February 8th, 2025 

February 27th, 2025 

Each applicant must request an adult to complete the Student Recommendation Form. This adult should be someone who knows the applicant personally and can attest to the applicant's character and leadership potential. Past applicants have provided recommendation forms from teachers, employers, church leaders and extracurricular group leaders/coaches. Recommendation forms should not be completed by parents/guardians, family members or peers.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.

"YLA has made me a more open-minded person and also has helped me learn to work better with others."
Elijah Burnett, Alexandria Monroe High School
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