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
Demonstrates leadership qualities and skills in various aspects of daily life
Passion for positively impacting the community
Applications for the Class of 2022 will open in September of 2021.
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 in late summer.