Washington Youth Leadership Seminar
The Washington Youth Leadership Seminar (WYLS) is LNESC’s annual leadership development program that brings together approximately 50+ future rising Latino leaders from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico to Washington, DC and immerses them in a specific public policy area. Students undergo leadership training, advocacy training, and peer bonding exercises, resulting in a tightknit group of leaders engaged and energized to make a difference in the Latino community.
WYLS is a life-changing opportunity for Latino high school students in our nation’s most underserved communities to meet first-hand with the country’s most influential decision makers. The seminar includes a Capitol Hill Day whereby the newly trained student advocates meet with Members of Congress and discuss the changes they want to see made for their communities. While in the nation’s Capital, students also work with leaders from corporate America and other public and private institutions to provide input on issues important to the Latino community.
This year's WYLS was held on September 25 - September 29, 2019 at the Washington Court Hotel. In conjunction with this event, the LNESC Youth Leadership Banquet was hosted on Friday, September 27th from 6 pm - 9 pm. Proceeds from this fundraiser went towards supporting the LULAC National Scholarship Fund.
Application deadline for the WYLS is Friday, August 23, 2019. Note: Applicants must be sponsored by an LNESC Center or LULAC Council to be considered for the program.
Student survey highlights
WYLS changes the lives of its participants, cultivating and inspiring future Hispanic leaders.
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-six percent (96%) of students reported feeling more connected to the policy-making process following the workshops.
Ninety-six percent (96%) of participants agreed with the statement: “I gained valuable skills by participating in the Washington Youth Leadership Seminar.”
“The highlights of this program were meeting new people, making amazing friends, and getting to meet representatives of Congress, and getting to see amazing and incredible sights.”
“The informational session that I benefited from the most was the career exploration session because it helped me understand how people get to achieve their dreams and how I could achieve mine.”
“Meeting the amazing people and realizing that we all have the same issues and if we come together we’ll have a stronger voice.”
“I have had several chances to participate in many leadership conferences, but out of all, this has been the most professional, formal, interesting, fun, active, and gift-giving one that I have attended. Thank you so much!!!!”
Memorable moments from previous Washington Youth Leadership Seminars: