The Young Leaders Program

The Young Leaders Program (YLP) is a 40-hour program targeting low-income high school students. CSL teaches low-income youth Five Critical Skill Areas that enable them to learn the leadership skills necessary to identify and pursue the careers of their choice and to find and sustain themselves in healthy, meaningful careers. View descriptions of these Five Critical Skill Areas.

View the sample Program Schedule for the Young Leaders Program – sponsored by the George Washington University School of Business, CSL’s Executive Advisory Board and other individual donors – which took place at the George Washington University School of Business in Washington D.C.

Read sample Class Descriptions of 10 YLP classes.

Check out a Program History of YLPs offered over the past 18 years.

These 18 YLPs have been in partnership with CSL's Young Leaders Program Partners - 30 D.C. community-based organizations serving at-risk youth.

View Testimonials from hundreds of youth alumni from 2005 – 2022.

Read about the YLP’s highly interactive Panel Model where local professionals interact directly with the youth in the daily leadership sessions.

Who makes the Young Leaders Program happen? See a list of our current and past Sponsors. If you would like to sponsor one or more low-income youth to participate in the Young Leaders Program, click here:

Contact CSL if you are interested in setting up a program in your region, focus area or funding area.