For more information, including how to apply:
HYLA Junior High Program
HYLA High School Program
The Hancock Resource Center began as an initiative of the Hancock Community Development Foundation and the Hancock Chamber in response to Hurricane Katrina-related housing needs. Yet, as those needs have changed over time, the work of the HRC has shifted more toward addressing the underlying factors that cause housing instability and toward efforts to interrupt cyclical patterns that keep families, particularly our next generation, from developing their full potential. In January 2012, the Hancock Resource Center (HRC) launched the Hancock Youth Leadership Academy (HYLA) thanks to a seed grant from Neighborworks America and matching funds from The First, A National Banking Association. HYLA commenced its first such initiative with a pilot for eighth graders from all four junior high schools in the county, a tremendously successful program that has become the model for the programs developed since that time. The Hancock Youth Leadership Academy launched its first high school program in January 2013. The high school program is a more traditional program that targets identified leaders in the 11th grade from all Hancock County high schools including Bay High School, Hancock High School, Our Lady Academy and St. Stanislaus College as well as their home-schooled equivalents.