The HYLA High School Program is based on building college readiness, appreciation of community assets, and developing leadership potential. This program is a traditional leadership program in that it targets eleventh grade students from all Hancock County schools (as well as their home-schooled equivalents) who aspire to sharpen already developed leadership skills and to embed those skills in civic commitment. The successful applicant will be the student who is able to: 1) balance academics and multiple activities while prioritizing this program; 2) plan and complete both individual and group projects; 3) be open-minded, have a positive attitude, and the capacity to enhance leadership skills; and 4) demonstrate a commitment to our community. The program consists of an orientation, ten focused leadership training sessions, and graduation. Focused sessions include such topics as: How to Affect Change; Civic Engagement; Career Planning and Budgeting; Economic Development and Entrepreneurship; College Planning (overnight "college cruise"); Community Assets; Diversity, Safety, and Wellness on Campus. The cost of the program is $250; applicants may request scholarships through the school that they attend.
Informational sessions will be held at each school on the following dates: Thursday, September 19th - Hancock High School - 9:30 a.m. in the library. Monday, September 23rd - Our Lady Academy - during lunch in the Physics Lab. Tuesday, September 24th - Saint Stanislaus - during lunch in the small cafe. Wednesday, September 25th - Bay High School - 9:30 a.m. in the library.
The application will be released on October 1, 2019. An application workshop will be held for interested high school applicants on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hancock Resource Center, 454 Hwy 90, Suite B in Waveland (next to PRCC). This workshop will cover in detail the application and interview process as well as expectations for personal statement submission. It is highly recommended that interested applicants attend the workshop. The deadline for submission of the application is Monday, October 28, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Applicants must attend an interview on November 12, 2019. Students will be notified of selection in December 2019.
Hancock Youth Leadership Academy - 2019 High School Class