Application Process

Applications for Youth Leadership Knoxville 2023 have ended. Please check back next year to apply for the 2024 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.

All participants must enroll in HUM 2100: Leadership Development at Pellissippi State Community College. The course will allow for a more formal exploration of leadership and the opportunity to earn college credit. There is no additional cost associated with the course.

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 2022-2023 Program Schedule

Monday, June 20, 2022 Orientation (with Parents) 6–8:00
M-F, July 18-22 Summer Camp Sessions 9 a.m. -1 p.m.
August, TBD Community Service Project TBD
Monday, August 22 Class Session 5:00 – 8:00
Monday, September 26 Class Session 5:00 – 8:00
Monday, October 24 Class Session 5:00 –8:00
Monday, November 14 Class Session 5:00– 8:00
Monday, December 5 Class Session 5:00– 8:00
Monday, January 23, 2023 Class Session 5:00 – 8:00
Monday, February 27 Class Session 5:00-8:00
Monday, March 27 Class Session 5:00 – 8:00
Sunday, April 23 Closing Celebration/Graduation 1:30–4:00 p.m.

Session dates and times are subject to change. Attendance at Summer Camp on Monday, July 18 is mandatory, and students must attend 4 of the 5 summer sessions. Students must be present for 7 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. There will be a community service project in August, date TBD.