Youth Leadership Greater Washington

Founded in 1991, Youth Leadership Greater Washington (YLGW) provides a six-month, interactive youth leadership development and community education program for high school sophomores and juniors in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. YLGW seeks to connect youth leaders while raising their awareness of critical regional issues.


Each year Leadership Greater Washington selects proven or aspiring youth leaders from diverse backgrounds and provides them with the opportunity to learn from some of the area's most important decision makers to study various topics such as diversity, the arts, health, public service and community service. YLGW is open to public, private and charter school students across the region and engages the young leaders in professional skill-building activities so the participants walk away with the resources needed to be more effective at school, at home and within their community. Join our mailing list to receive updates about LGW and YLGW deadlines. Meet two YLGW youth leaders in our blog post.

YLGW youth leaders handshake exercise

Applications are now available for the Youth Leadership Class of 2015. Deadline: October 31, 2014 by 5:00 PM.


You may apply online ( or download the PDF application.

An application fee of $35 is due with a completed application. If the application fee is a hardship, contact Kate Fiorianti. Checks could be made payable to Leadership Greater Washington, credit card payments can be made online (

Completed applications are due October 31, 2014 by 5:00 PM. A completed application includes:

  • An application form (online) or (PDF).
  • Two letters of recommendation: one academic reference and one personal reference.
  • Authorizing signatures from applicant’s school principal and a parent/guardian.
  • A $35 application fee.

Applicants are notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by mail by the end of November.

TUITION/FEESYLGW group participation

Thanks to the generosity of corporate and individual investors, the participation fee of $1,800 has been waived for each student. Leadership Greater Washington is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and accepts donations to defray programming costs. Invest in YLGW.