Applications for the Appalachian Youth Leadership Summit now open

Appalachian Youth Leadership Summit: Addressing today's challenges with tomorrow's leaders

The Appalachian Youth Leadership Summit (AYLS) is searching for passionate 10th and 11th-grade students from the 42 Kentucky school districts served by the Appalachian Cradle to Career Partnership, along with Claiborne County, TN & Lee County, VA, to gather at Lincoln Memorial University in Claiborne County, TN for an unforgettable experience.

What is in Store?

At AYLS, students will embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth while connecting with fellow student leaders and scholars. Here is a glimpse of what awaits:

  • Community Service Projects: Students will dive into hands-on service projects that make a difference in local communities.
  • Workshop Sessions: Students will explore topics like leadership development, arts and cultural engagement, college readiness, and discipline-specific areas such as health sciences, business, education, veterinary medicine, law, and more.
  • Entrepreneurial Field Trips: Students will be immersed in entrepreneurial ventures through exciting field trips in the area.
  • Keynote Evening Events: Students will be inspired by Appalachian heroes as they share their stories and celebrate our collective Appalachian heritage.
  • Challenge Exhibition: Students will tackle real-world challenges facing their communities, propose a solution, and showcase their team’s work at a community-wide celebration.
  • Feedback and Mentorship: Students will receive valuable feedback from guest panel judges and connect with professional mentors/coaches who will guide them along the way.

When and Where?

Students should mark their calendars for Monday, June 10 through Thursday, June 13, 2024. 

Students will gather at LMU’s residential housing in Harrogate, TN, with meals served at the LMU Dining Hall. From there, students will embark on exciting community service projects and field trips in Middlesboro, KY, Harrogate, and Cumberland Gap, TN.

Why Should You Apply?

Joining AYLS is not just about attending another summit—it is about unlocking potential and making a tangible difference. As an AYLS scholar, students will sharpen their leadership, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills while tackling challenges and implementing solutions. Plus, students will enjoy a dynamic schedule packed with enriching workshops, inspiring keynote sessions, and opportunities to highlight talents and ideas.

But that is not all—AYLS offers much more than just skill development. By participating in the summit, students also have the chance to build valuable relationships, gain mentorship from industry experts, and expand their networking circles. These experiences not only enhance student resumes but also strengthen college applications, demonstrating proactive mindset and ambition.

How to Apply

Students should submit applications here to take the first step toward becoming an AYLS scholar.

Students who seize this opportunity can become catalysts for change in their community. Students should apply now and get ready for a transformative experience at the Appalachian Youth Leadership Summit.

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