2020 Youth Leadership Program Application
The Youth Energy Squad Leadership Team invites applications for paid internships from rising high school juniors and seniors for its Youth Leadership Program. Available to students throughout Detroit, this program introduces students to the nonprofit sector and careers related to leadership and community economic development.

Each student will work together to gain leadership skills as well as creating a citywide impact project. This year there are 10 available slots for the program.

This year ( 450 hours), paid summer internship program includes:
• meaningful work experience at a nonprofit organization in the student's home county
• leadership training and development sessions via Youth Leadership trainers in the Detroit area
• site visits and field trips to select businesses, academic institutions, and other industry locations
• informal social activities during Youth Leadership Academy

About the Youth Energy Squad
Founded in 2009, the Youth Energy Squad drives innovation, investment, and action to create prosperous, sustainable communities. YES builds partnerships, leverages and invests resources, and creates a system of support for social enterprises that advance community economic sustainable development strategies. These strategies include Water security, Food access, Energy efficiency, and air quality. The Youth Leadership Program is just one element of YES overall focus on supporting talent and fostering success in the state's low-wealth communities.

Benefits of the Program
• Valuable Work Experience
The Youth Leadership Program offers students the opportunity to get real-world, paid work experience in a field of interest. This experience will help students be competitive when pursuing future opportunities, including applying for college or future employment.

• Career Insight
Students gain valuable insight into the nonprofit sector. Students are able to ask questions of industry professionals as well as understand how Life skills prepare them for practical application within society. They are also introduced to different professionals in the field.

• Leadership Development
The Youth Leadership Academy features engaging leadership development training specifically targeted for high school students. Students are armed with the tools to succeed as leaders and provided mentorship to maximize their internship experience with the aim of the students to be better prepared to take on the upcoming challenges.


The 2020 Youth Leadership Program will take place from January 17 through August 16th. Students are expected to be at their host site/or event on the days discussed unless instructed otherwise by their supervisor. For the duration of the program, participants are expected to defer family vacations, extra-curricular activities and other jobs during the working hours.

Washington, DC Discovery Trip

In the Summer Leadership Institute, we want to model leadership at the highest levels. In order to understand what that truly means, we are proud to introduce our annual Washington, DC Discovery Trip. The SLI will embark on a journey to our nation’s capital to see leadership on the national scale. This experience will be filled with personal growth and professional opportunity for students, who will develop relationships they can leverage for the rest of their lives.
overall, students will:
Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture
See the sights of Washington, DC (White House, National Mall, monuments, and more!)
Discuss careers with sustainability and justice advocates at the Center for American Progress
Visit sustainability projects across the city and hear from leading blue-green infrastructure experts
Be mentored by and develop relationships with young minority professionals in the DC area
Have food, fun, and games (and a surprise pool party!?)

This trip and all experiences are free to every student in the Summer Leadership Institute!

Stipend and Expenses:

A stipend of about $1000 is awarded to interns over the 450 hour period which includes the summer program. Interns are not responsible for expenses, such as transportation to and from the local job site, but are responsible for lunch expenses while at work. Interns will also be expected to be available for three of the three overnight sessions held in a location to be decided. Lodging and meal expenses for the overnight stays are paid by YES.

Selection Process
Applicant must be:
• A high school junior or senior in the 2019-2020 academic year in good standing (no minimum GPA required)
• A legal Detroit resident
• At least seventeen years old

Selection is based on students:
• Overall Application
• Commitment to Continuing community engagement work
• Community or School Involvement

Note: Selection is also based on the availability of applicants.

Review Process and Notification

Upon receipt of application materials, an acknowledgment email will be sent to the applicant.
Selected applicants will be notified by January 10, 2020. All applicants will be notified of the Initiative’s decision to select an application.

Key Dates to Remember
Deadline to Apply.................................................................December 27th, 2019
Notification of Selection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 10,2020.
Deadline to Confirm / Deny Internship …………………................ January 13th, 2020
Program Dates................................................................... January 17th- Aug 16th, 2020

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