Empowering High School Students to Learn From Community Leaders And Each Other
Youth Leadership Greater Washington (YLGW) is a five-month interactive youth leadership development and community education program. Founded in 1991, this powerful program serves high school sophomores and juniors in the Greater Washington region. YLGW provides leadership training to these youth leaders while raising their voices around critical issues in the region. Thanks to the generosity of corporate and individual sponsors, youth leaders participate in the program tuition-free.
Young Minds Making an Impact
YLGW engages youth to raise their awareness of critical, relevant issues and challenge their assumptions about their roles as leaders in the world.
Gain leadership awareness and training specifically geared towards youth leaders
Build a network of diverse, authentic relationships with other youth peers from around the region
Identify community challenges, solutions, and explore how to lead now
Learn from the area's most influential changemakers about various leadership topics such as leadership styles, inclusion, social action, and resilience
January 26 | February 23 | March 22 | April 26 | May 17
January 25: Parent/Guardian Orientation
All program days are held from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM in downtown Washington, DC
Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided
Application and Consent Form
Applications for the 2024 Cohort are now closed.
$35 application fee
Waived tuition fee ($2,000 value)
Eligibility and Application information
Who Should Apply?
10th & 11th graders
Lives in the DC region (DC, MD & VA)
Demonstrates leadership qualities and skills in various aspects of daily life
Passion for positively impacting the community
Maxine R. Baker Scholarship
In 2014, Maxine B. Baker (’99), in addition to the Freddie Mac Foundation, provided Leadership Greater Washington with the generous resources to provide two deserving and talented members of the Youth Leadership Greater Washington graduating class with a scholarship award to help offset college expenses.
One member will receive a $1,000 scholarship award and another will receive a $500 scholarship award. YLGW participants will be notified when the essay application opens at their YLGW graduation in May.