National Council for Community and Education Partnerships

Youth Leadership Summit


About YLS


Empowering gear up youth

The Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) helps GEAR UP high school students identify and maximize their leadership skills, create a national network of peers, and receive the tools and training to make positive change happen in their communities and around the world.

Over 3.5 days, the YLS enhances participants’ ability to speak confidently, work effectively in teams, and builds their capacity to lead. The program culminates with a student-led presentation to the NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference attendees.

All slots for 2019 YLS have been filled.


2019 YLS

The 2019 Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) will take place July 14–17, 2019 as part of the NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference in San Francisco, California.

Eligible students must be rising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th graders, or rising college freshmen who are eligible for GEAR UP services as of July 2019.

We have filled all slots for this year’s YLS. To be placed on the waiting list, please complete the reservation form by clicking on the below link.

To confirm your student’s participation in the 2019 YLS, you must first have received a confirmation email from NCCEP. If your program has been approved to have students attend this year’s summit, please follow the steps below to secure your students’ participation. Check out the YLS Information Sheet and this 2019 YLS draft agenda for more information.


NCCEP seeks to create a geographically diverse cohort of students who are not friends, and encourages programs to choose students from different schools. You can provide students with the YLS Guide For Prospective Students to gauge interest. We look for students that demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Excited to attend and fully participate in the program.

  • Have immediate purpose for leadership training and will apply what is learned to current endeavors.

  • Can behave appropriately in an adult conference setting.

  • Welcome moderate physical activity, and long training hours.

  • Are very involved in GEAR UP programming.

  • Display leadership qualities inside the classroom and in the community.


After selecting your students, submit all of their information and authorization forms using the online application. In order to fill out the online application, please review the YLS Application Submission Guidelines. Be sure to upload the required authorization forms found below. Applications must be submitted by May 3, 2019.


All students must be registered in order to participate. The registration fee is $850 per student. Click here for more information about the Annual Conference or click here to start the online registration process.


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Authorization Forms

These forms are mandatory. Please upload each form to the online application.


NCCEP is proud to partner with Seeds Training, Inc. to provide training content for the Youth Leadership Summit.

Need Assistance?  

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