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 15, 2021. HYLA staff will hold a workshop for interested high school applicants on Wednesday, October 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the Hancock Resource Center office, located at 454 Highway 90, Suite B in Waveland (Next to PRCC) OR there will be a recording to watch beginning October 28th that you must register for. Applicants should attend ONE of these workshops (not both). The workshop is highly recommended. The deadline for submission of applications Monday, November 8th at 4:00 p.m. Applicants must attend an interview on November 30, 2021 or December 1, 2021. Students will be notified of selection in December 2021.