Washington Youth Leadership Seminar

LNESC Programs: 	Washington Youth Leadership Seminar

The LNESC Washington Youth Leadership Seminar is an annual leadership development program that brings together 50+ aspiring high school Latino leaders from across the United States and Puerto Rico to Washington, DC for a three-day virtual seminar. Activities focus on leadership development, civic engagement, educational development, college access, career exploration, and team building exercises.

Throughout the seminar, participants learn about issues that affect their communities. The program provides participants the opportunity to virtually meet with members of the presidential administration, Congressional leaders, Corporate America representatives, and public and private institution representatives. Participants are challenged to graduate from high school and enroll in a postsecondary educational program.

Program Design

Participants attend a series of workshops to prepare them to be leaders within their communities. Workshops focus on the basics of advocacy, policy development, career exploration, and professional development. Traditionally, this event is hosted in Washington, DC, and includes advocacy visits on Capitol Hill. As a result of the pandemic, the event is held virtually with an Education Town Hall that includes leaders in government and non-profit organizations. A virtual college tour, as well as virtual visits to national monuments, are included in the program agenda.

Participants will develop an understanding of leadership and enhance their leadership abilities as measured using a pre- and post- program survey. Participant progress is tracked through the National Student Clearinghouse to verify college retention and completion rates.

Program Impact

  • One hundred percent (100%) of students reported they would likely get involved in their local communities after attending WYLS.
  • One hundred percent (100%) of students surveyed stating they would share what they learned at the WYLS with peers and friends in their community.
  • Ninety-seven percent (97%) of students reported feeling more connected to the policy-making process following the workshops.
  • One hundred percent (100%) of participants agreed with the statement: “I gained valuable skills by participating in the Washington Youth Leadership Seminar.”

Student Voices