Youth Leader Institute 2019 ✨ Youth Leader Application
The Youth Leader Institute (YLI) aims to equip girls, trans youth, and gender nonconforming youth ages 13-18 with the skills, support, and critical analysis necessary to lead a movement for radical and lasting change in South Carolina. YLI serves as a crash course in community organizing and political education related to our two campaigns: Safer Schools Without SROs and Sex Education Beyond Abstinence.

Safer Schools Without SROs is a campaign to remove police officers from schools and redirect their funding to to hire compassionate social workers and counselors who have been extensively trained in restorative practices, trauma-informed care, and anti-oppressive youth work.

Sex Education Beyond Abstinence is a campaign to push for young people to have access to sex education courses that affirm queer and trans identities, and discuss consent, healthy relationships, anatomy, barriers and contraception, body positivity, sustainable hygiene products, pleasure, and abortion.

Youth leaders will be skilled up as facilitators and organizers. They’ll discuss critical issues within the scope of transformative justice and reproductive justice and learn about research, base building, campaign strategy, and communications work. YLI will prepare folks to get looped into our local campaign work and to launch their own unique campaigns across the state.

YLI orientation and training will take place at in the CYAP Meeting Room (2105 Cosgrove Avenue in North Charleston). Volunteer Orientation and Camp will happen at Palmetto Scholars Academy (7499 Dorchester Road in North Charleston).

Youth leaders who attend all orientations, trainings, camp days, and the showcase will receive a $120 stipend during Saturday’s celebration dinner.

You can submit your application using this google form, emailing an application to, or mailing it to PO Box 20971 - Charleston, SC 29403. If you have any questions, reach out to Ariel Eure at

YLI Schedule - Summer 2019

- Thursday, May 30th - 11:59 PM - Applications due
- Friday, June 14th - Cohort announced
- Tuesday, July 9th - 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM - YLI Orientation
- Wednesday, July 10th - Friday, July 12th - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Training
- Sunday, July 14th - 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Volunteer Orientation
- Monday, July 15th - Friday, July 19th - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Youth Leader Institute / Camp Week
- Saturday, July 20th - 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM - Showcase & Celebration Dinner

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