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, 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.
The High School program runs from January through December each year; this year's application process begins October 1, 2023.
Teacher Recommendation Form
HYLA High Application
Hancock Youth Leadership Academy - 2023 High School Class
For the 2022 HYLA High School Class Archive, click here.