2017 Young Leaders Academy

June 14-17, 2017 – High school students to explore the origins, development and contemporary impact of the U.S. Constitution in this four-day, summer leadership conference.

Kentucky students, grades 11-12 (as of Fall 2017), are eligible to apply for the Young Leaders Academy, a summer residential leadership conference at the University of Louisville. The McConnell Center offers this annual program to outstanding high school students to help hone their leadership skills and further their understanding of American history.

Applications due Monday, May 1, 2017 (download)

The theme of this year's conference is "American Constitutionalism: A McConnell Center Academy for Young Leaders." Conference topics include:

  • The origins of written constitutions
  • Federalist-Anti-Federalist debates
  • Disagreements about the proper role of government in modern America
  • Role of federal courts and political institutions in modern America
  • What changes students might advocate to change our foundational law

Participants will stay at the University of Louisville under the guidance of McConnell Center staff and university honors students. Participants will take part in a series of seminars, discussions, lectures, team-building activities and structured socials during their four-day stay.

Sessions will be led by faculty, staff and students of the University of Louisville and other area institutions and will be conducted at or near an entry level college experience.

Each participant will receive a scholarship for the Young Leaders Academy that includes free lodging, meals and all conference materials.

“This will be a tremendous educational experience, but it is also a terrific opportunity for those who might be interested in being considered for McConnell Scholarships to the University of Louisville,” said Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center.

Interested in what YLA was like last year? Photos and conference topic

For more information, contact Sherry Allen, program manager, at 502-852-3130 or mccivics@louisville.edu.