Application Process

Applications for Youth Leadership Knoxville 2020 have ended. Please check back next year to apply for the 2021 class.

Youth Leadership Knoxville is a 10 month program for high school juniors in Knox County. YLK  gives area high school students a chance to enhance their knowledge of Knoxville, develop leadership skills, create new friendships and better understanding of self, interact with various community leaders, visit businesses and experience community while learning the pillars of servant leadership. Tuition for the program is $150.

Selection Process

The YLK Selection Committee selects approximately 50 students representing all Knox County High Schools including public, private and homeschool students. In order to be selected the following documentation must be completed and submitted by the deadline.

  1. Student Application submitted online by the student.
  2. Parental/Guardian Permission Form submitted online by Parent/Guardian.
  3. Community Reference submitted online by personal reference.
  4. Principal Permission Form submitted online by principal.

Class of 2019-2020 Program Schedule

Monday, June 10, 2019; Orientation (with Parents); 6 – 7:30

M-F, July 15-19; Summer Camp Sessions; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, August 3; Community Service Project; 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon

Monday, September 23; Leadership Insights; 5:30 – 8

Monday, October 28; County Commission; 4 – 7:30

Tuesday, November 12; Preparing for College; 4:30 – 7:30

Tuesday, December 17; City Council; 4 – 7:30

Monday, January 20, 2020; Diversity: Blended Community; 9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Monday, February 24; Business Etiquette; 5 – 7:30

Monday, March 30; Entrepreneurship & Technology; 5 – 7:30

Sunday, April 26; Closing Celebration/Graduation; 3 – 5:30 p.m.

Session dates and times are subject to change.  Attendance at Summer Camp on Monday, July 15 is mandatory and students must attend *4 of the 5 summer sessions.  Students must be present for 6 of the 9 non-summer camp sessions in order to graduate.  If the student is unavailable to attend the Orientation, a parent/guardian or adult family representative must attend.

*equals 32 of 40 available hours.