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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 New York City high school students entering 10th, 11th and 12th grade. Students 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. Currently the program is unable to run without available funding.

  • YLI@Intrepid students are dedicated to growing socially, emotionally, academically and professionally. During the program, students will do the following:
  • Analyze civic engagement from specific historical and current event
  • Sharpen their public speaking skills by presenting historical information and scientific concepts to Museum visitors
  • Develop and practice skills that support the students as holistic, empathetic citizens and effective leaders
  • Collaborate with peers from across New York City
  • Complete a community action project towards affecting change
  • Participate in specific Intrepid Teen events/programs towards college and career readiness
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • This program is not accepting applications.

  • 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 NYC high school student entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade
    • 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)


Why aren’t you accepting applications

  • Unfortunately due to budget cuts and prioritizing new/different projects, we are unable to provide this program until further notice.

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 10th, 11th or 12th grade.

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