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.


2019 YLS

Congratulations to the 2018 YLS students for completing the program! Click here to see the YLS plenary presentation.

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.

Check out the YLS Information Sheet and this 2019 YLS draft agenda for more information. Check back for updates and information on how to apply.


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

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