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Youth Leadership Institute at the Intrepid Museum (YLI@Intrepid)
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About YLI@Intrepid

As part of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s overarching mission to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth, the Museum is proud to offer YLI@Intrepid, the Youth Leadership Institute at the Intrepid Museum. YLI@Intrepid enables New York City high school students in their junior year to participate in a yearlong series of programs and experiences that develop critical skills and insights necessary to mature into engaged and active citizens. 

Through partnerships with local educational youth service organizations, YLI@Intrepid encourages students to activate their leadership potential, sharpen their public speaking skills and become engaged in community and civic programs, all while preparing them to take the next step in their education—the college application process. Each year, YLI@Intrepid’s cohort of 30 students come away with a heightened sense of community awareness and are inspired to serve in their own local communities, as well as in the national and global communities.

YLI@Intrepid is an expression of the Intrepid Museum’s mission, and is a key component in the Museum’s array of education programming, which inspires students through the stories of heroism and civic engagement that underline Intrepid’s service to this country, as a naval ship and now as a cultural institution.

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How to Apply:

Student Application and Adult Recommendation for Admission

Deadline: September 15, 2017 by 5:00pm

The Youth Leadership Institute is a free program offered to New York City public school students in 11th grade. Students who will be in 11th grade during the 2017–2018 academic year should apply. The YLI program runs from September 2017 through June 2018.

Interested students and recommending adult have the option of:

  • Paper submission of student application (downloadable below) and adult recommendation. Materials must be mailed and postmarked on or before September 15, 2017. The student application and recommendation can be mailed together or separately. If the recommendation is provided with the application, it must be in an envelope signed and sealed by the recommending adult.

  • One-time submission of online student application (link provided below) and paper submission of adult recommendation. Materials must be submitted, mailed and postmarked on or before September 15, 2017.

Online Student Application: Read all information carefully prior to submission. Make sure you are using a computer with reliable internet service for submission.
  • Allow yourself at least 45 minutes to an hour to complete all necessary parts of the application. The online application includes a variety of fill-ins and short answers. It also includes the requirement to upload scanned copies of official report cards and essay files. Once you have completed and uploaded the information successfully, click “Submit”. Once submitted you will not be able to return to the online application. The deadline for the online application is on or before 5:00pm on Friday, September 15, 2017.

  • Adult Recommendation: Must be submitted via mail, and postmarked on or before September 15, 2017. Recommendations cannot be uploaded with the student application.


Apply Online Download the paper application  

The student application AND the adult recommendation are ONE-TIME submissions. Please be sure you have all supplemental materials and the necessary time to complete the application in one sitting. You will not have the opportunity to save and/or go back to any portion of this document once it is submitted. Multiple submissions for one student will not be considered. 

Paper submissions of student application and/or teacher recommendations an be mailed to:

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
ATTN: Caitlin Ballingall
West 46th Street and 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10036

For Parents:

YLI@Intrepid requires full participation from the students as well as support from family and friends. Students will receive the learning and social experience of a lifetime. 

YLI@Intrepid will also provide students with the following:

  • Exposure to unique work, projects and experiences
  • Improved academic, public speaking, teamwork and social skills
  • Friendships with peers across New York City
  • Off-site field trips to discover the many learning resources available within New York City
  • MetroCards for transportation to and from the program location
  • A resume for use in the following year’s college applications and future job applications
  • A certificate of completion for successfully completing the program
  • A personal recommendation from the Intrepid Museum program manager (for use in college applications)
  • Opportunities to take the next step in their college/career paths by applying for an internship with the Education Department at the Museum.
For Teachers:

YLI@Intrepid encourages the participation of students who attend New York City schools, especially Title 1 public schools. There are many rising 11th grade students with the potential to develop outstanding leadership, public speaking and career readiness skills; however, they may need additional guidance and encouragement to achieve academic and social success.

We ask teachers, school administrators and community leaders to identify students with the drive to expand their leadership skills, and to encourage them to apply to this program. 


Who can apply to YLI@Intrepid?

Students from New York City public schools who are entering the 11th grade are eligible for YLI@Intrepid.  We are looking for students who would like to develop or further their leadership and public speaking skills as well as improve their college and career readiness.

What is the application procedure?

Step 1: Fill out and return all portions of the application.
Step 2: Students who meet the program qualifications will be contacted to set up an interview with a staff member of the Intrepid Museum.
Step 3: Approximately 30 students will be notified of an invitation to join the program.

*NOTE* Selection of applicants into the program is based on review of all application materials and on interview performance.

How long is the program?

YLI@Intrepid runs the duration of the school year (September–June). The cohort meets approximately three times a month, on either a Saturday or a weekday that school is not in session.   

What is a typical day like?

Every day is different, but the main themes of the program (leadership, public speaking and college/career readiness) stay the same. Each day focuses on one of these themes as the cohort either goes off-site to other institutions and venues or stays on-site at the Intrepid Museum. 

Will transportation be provided?

Students make their own travel arrangements to and from YLI@Intrepid. Field trip meeting locations will be communicated in advance. MetroCards to and from the meeting location will be provided. 

How many sessions can a YLI@Intrepid student miss?

We understand things come up, so please contact Caitlin Ballingall regarding your absence or early dismissal. Please try to give as much notice as possible.

*NOTE* A student will be at risk of dismissal from the program if he or she misses more than two days.