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Youth Leadership Institute at Intrepid (YLI@Intrepid)

Youth Leadership Institute at Intrepid (YLI@Intrepid)


The Youth Leadership Institute at Intrepid (YLI@Intrepid) is a yearlong program for 11th grade students in New York City. Beginning in September, 2019 students will participate in workshops and field trips to learn about youth and social advocacy, promote community development and gain opportunities for individual growth in public speaking, leadership, presentation skills, and college and career readiness. Eligible students must fill out an application for consideration.

  • YLI@Intrepid students are dedicated to growing socially, emotionally, academically and professionally. During the program, students will do the following:
  • Be exposed to unique projects at the Museum
  • Sharpen their public speaking skills by presenting historical information and scientific concepts to Museum visitors
  • Collaborate with peers from across New York City
  • Participate in service projects within the five boroughs
  • Gain experience in personal finance
  • Learn about the rigors of the college application process
  • Visit college campuses in NYC and the surrounding area
  • Build their professional resume
  • Students who complete the YLI program will receive recognition and continued support with a certificate of completion, certificate of volunteer hours, recommendation letter, and an opportunity to apply for an Intrepid Museum internship.
Application Information
  • YLI@Intrepid supports New York City high school students in developing critical skills and insights necessary to mature into engaged, active citizens. This free, yearlong series of programs encourages students to activate their leadership potential, sharpen their public speaking skills and engage in community and civic programs, all while preparing them for college.
    To be considered for the YLI program students must meet the following criteria:
    • Live and attend school in one of the five boroughs of New York City
    • Be a current 10th grade student, entering 11th grade in September 2019
    • Submit an application for individual consideration and a teacher/adult recommendation
    • Be interviewed by a staff member of the Intrepid Museum
    • Be prepared to commit fully to the yearlong program dates


      Student Application includes:
    • Copies of official transcripts (including attendance records)
    • Essay (choose one of three essay prompts)
    • Recommendation from an adult (not a family member)

      ⬇ 2019-2020 YLI flyer
    • Students can apply online or mail a paper application. The online application may take 30 minutes to complete. Feel free to download the paper copy to formulate your answers before filling out the one-time (information cannot and will not be saved) online application. We recommend writing your essay and finding your transcripts before starting the online application.

      Deadline for student application and all supplemental materials including one teacher/adult recommendation: April 30, 2019

        ✎ Student ApplY ONLINE

  • Paper applications and teacher/adult recommendations must be postmarked on or before April 30, 2019 and sent to the following address:

    Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
    Attn: Julia Orr
    Pier 86
    West 46 Street and 12 Avenue
    New York, NY 10036

    If you have 15 or more students who are interested in learning about the YLI program, we can hold a YLI Informational Session at your school or organization. Contact to schedule a visit. All visits must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.



What are the benefits of being a Youth
Leadership Institute student?

  • Students who successfully complete the Youth Leadership Institute become part of an alumni network of high school students, college students and young professionals who have also benefited from the YLI program. YLI staff stay in touch with students to offer them opportunities to be involved in other programs at the Intrepid Museum and beyond. Students wanting to make a commitment to progress in their experiences at the Museum can become part of our career ladder initiative.

Who is eligible to apply to YLI?

  • Students who are residents and attend school within New York City’s five boroughs, and are entering 11th grade in September, 2019.


When does YLI@Intrepid take place?

  • YLI@Intrepid runs the duration of the school year from September to June. The cohort typically meets three times a month, on a Saturday or a weekday when school is not in session.


What is a typical day like?

  • Each day is different, but the program centers around the core themes of leadership, public speaking and college/career readiness. Each session, whether it is held at the Intrepid Museum or off-site at other venues in the city, focuses on one of these themes.

Is transportation provided?

  • Students will receive MetroCards for their transportation to and from program meet-ups. Students must make their own travel arrangements to and from the program. Field trip meeting locations will be communicated in advance to participating students.

How many absences are allowed?

  • Three absences are allowed for the program. Three instances of lateness are the equivalent of one absence.

Who should provide a recommendation?

  • Ask an adult you know well and who is outside your family. This could be a teacher, coach, program leader or religious leader.

How many students will be accepted
into the program?

  • Between 30 and 35 students will be accepted.



Call: 646-381-5020