YLNI's High School Leadership Institute connects emerging professionals with community leaders to learn about various topics, including temperaments and interaction styles, interpersonal communications, networking and community engagement, and financial strength. High School Leadership Institute sessions also include tours of major downtown landmarks, to provide a better understanding of all that our city has to offer!

Interested in applying? This program is for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. In order to be considered, students must apply by the deadline: May 3, 2021. Applicants will be notified of their candidacy by mid-May 2021.

High School Leadership Institite Class of 2018


High School Leadership Institute consists of a kick-off event and five class sessions that will be held at various meeting spaces in the Fort Wayne area. Attendance is mandatory at all sessions in order for the program to be deemed complete for a participant. Each session will have a local professional(s) speaking on a leadership-specific topic followed by an exclusive Fort Wayne experience at various venues and location around the city. 

Schedule and specific class descriptions are listed below.

Kick Off Celebration
Date: Monday June 7, 2021 | 6:00p-7:30p (refreshments provided)
Location: Boys and Girls Club Fort Wayne

What to Expect:

  • You will meet your fellow HSLI classmates for the first time, get acquainted to the YLNI, and learn more about the HSLI program details. We welcome your parents to join the celebration.

Session 1: Diverse and Inclusive Communications
Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 | 9:00a-3:00p (lunch will be provided)
Location: Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

What to Expect:

  • You will gain an understanding of interpersonal skills and their importance at home, school, and especially, the workplace
  • You will learn how to connect with people -- through critical thinking and self-perception, through practicing effective communication strategies, through learning how to deal with conflict in a healthy way, and through learning how to communicate to our specific audience.

Session 2: Temperaments and Interaction Styles
Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021 | 9:00a-3:00p (lunch will be provided)
Location: Foellinger Foundation

What to Expect:

  • You will gain an understanding of your individual temperaments and how they affect others
  • You'll understand, respect, appreciate, and value the individual differences of people and how they create more effective outcome in a group dynamic.
  • You'll learn how to enhance your individual effectiveness through improving your relationships with others.

Session 3: Networking and Mentor-ship
Date: Monday, June 14, 2021 | 9:00a-3:00p (lunch will be provided)
Location: Embassy Theater

What to Expect:

  • You’ll learn the importance and value of networking as a tool to meet people.
  • You’ll gain an understanding of the difference between a mentor and sponsor, and the value of having both in your professional life.
  • You’ll be presented with volunteer opportunities through local non-profit organizations!

Session 4: Financial Strength Date
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 9:00a-3:00p (lunch will be provided)
Location: Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

What to Expect:

  • You’ll learn the what and the why behind the basics of personal finances.
  • The basic tools for long-term wealth and financial freedom will be discussed.

Session 5: YLNI Community Panel and Graduation
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | 4:30p - 7pm (dinner will be provided at 5:30pm)
Location: AWS Foundation

What to Expect:

  • NEW for HSLI 2021 – the 2021 cohort will take part in a special community
  • service project!
  • A panel of community leaders will discuss how to moving forward means giving back!
  • Learn from their personal and professional experiences and how to become engaged in the community, and why it is so important.
  • We’ll review the participants’ experiences with HSLI, including what you see for yourselves as future leaders of our community!

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