2016 Young Leaders Academy

June 12-15, 2016 – High school students to explore 'Roots of Modern Political Parties' in this four-day, summer leadership conference.

Kentucky students, grades 9-12, 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 Friday, April 15, 2016 (download)

The theme of this year's conference is "Roots of Modern Political Parties." Conference topics include:

  • Washington's Farewell Address & the rise of parties
  • Jacksonian Democracy & the Democratic Party
  • Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War & the Republican Party
  • The Civil Rights Movement & the demise of the 'Solid South'
  • The Reagan Revolution
  • Parties in the 21st century

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 Benjamin Gies, graduate assistant for the McConnell Center’s Civic Education Program, at 502-852-3947 or mccivics@louisville.edu.