Youth Leaders

The Leadership Winter Park Youth Leaders program is Central Florida’s premier leadership program for students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year in high school.  The program is designed to help students develop new leadership skills and expose them to opportunities for leadership within our community.

Two sessions are available each summer, one in June and a second in July.  Session topics include team building, arts and culture in Winter Park, media and communications, law and government and a day for career exploration and mentoring.  The program concludes with a graduation ceremony for the student and their family.

This video highlighting the Youth Leaders Class XVI experience was filmed, edited and produced by student participants. 

Kudos from Recent Graduates

“This week was the highlight of my summer. I am so glad that I did this program, and thank you so much for letting me have this life-changing opportunity. When I first came on Monday, I was not expecting to make such good friends who I am sure I will keep in touch for the rest of my life. I learned a lot about the community that I did not know before and developed as a leader.”
– Class XVI Graduate

“This was such an amazing opportunity to learn about leadership opportunities in Winter Park.”
– Class XII Graduate

“I came out of my shell and learned a lot about Winter Park and how to be a leader.  I met so many new people and found ways to get involved.”
– Class XI Graduate

“I did not know a single person the first day of the program but left it with great friends and memories. I will use the knowledge and skills I learned over the course of the week in my life to the fullest advantage. Youth Leaders was an amazing opportunity that I was happy to be a part of.”
– Class XV Graduate

Youth Leaders Class XVII

Year after year Youth Leaders receives acclaim from its graduates, parents, teachers and community leaders.  Now in its 17th year, Youth Leaders will offer two sessions in 2017, one in June and a second in July.

Over the course of five days, students will learn about a variety of leadership styles, community organizations and career opportunities.  Participants also interact with community leaders, local elected officials and local non-profit organizations.

Session Dates

June 19 – 23, 2017
July 17 – 21, 2017


The deadline for applications for Class XVII is Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Each applicant should complete an online application. Applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview and a final selection will be made following interviews. Tuition is $200 and is payable upon acceptance into the program. Need-based scholarships available upon request.

Questions? Contact Megan Almasi at or call (407) 644-8281.

Youth Leaders Application

Youth Leaders Application

Personal Information

The following information will not be used to determine program acceptance. This ensures that all applicants are eligible to participate and can be contacted about the interview process.
(How you would like your name badge printed)
(Ex. 151 W. Lyman Avenue)
(Ex. January 1, 2017 or 01/01/2017)


Leadership comes in different forms. Tell us about your understanding of leadership, experiences and qualities of a leader by answering ONE of the following essay prompts. Please keep responses to a 300 word limit.
(300 word limit)
(200 word limit)

Community Involvement/Extra-Curricular Activities

Tell us about your involvement in the community. This can include civic, religious, academic/social affiliations, sports, etc.
(Ex. Key Club, Vice President, 2016 - 2017)


Upload a resume. This will be used during the program to help participants build upon the contents and prepare for use in college and job applications.
Drop a file here or click to upload Choose File
Maximum upload size: 62.91MB
(Word or PDF)

Participation Commitment

Confirm your participation in the program if selected. Program hours are 8:30am - 3:30pm Monday - Thursday and 8:30am - 1:30pm on Friday. Be sure you have cleared your calendar for the program dates selected. If accepted, program tuition will be invoiced for $200. Need-based scholarship available upon request.
(By selecting "Either Session" you will be considered for both June and July and one will be assigned to you upon acceptance)
(Applications will still be accepted for consideration if you are unable to pay the fee for financial reasons) (Fee will be processed after submission unless citing financial difficulties)


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