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Now Accepting Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) Applications for Iowa High School Students

February 17, 2016

Applications for Greater Des Moines Partnership Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) Class of 2016-2017 are now available. YLI provides next years’ sophomore or junior students from both public and private high schools from across the region with experiential mentoring and leadership opportunities that enhance self-esteem and encourage involvement in all levels of community life. Participation in the YLI program is tuition-free. Students meet twice monthly between August and May to explore topics on leadership while learning about the Greater Des Moines Region. YLI classes take place once during the school day each month. YLI staff works with each student’s school to ensure missed class days are excused absences. 

Applications will be accepted until Noon on April 15, 2016. Applications are to be filled out entirely by the student with the exception of Section 5, which is to be filled out by a non-relative, adult referral. Only completed applications will be considered by the YLI Selection Committee. Please review the YLI Fact Sheet prior to completing the application. The Fact Sheet and the application can be found online here.

The goals of the YLI program are:

  • EMPOWERING youth to connect, participate in change, and create their ideal community
  • ENCOURAGING youth to become active participants in their community
  • ENGAGING youth in opportunities to invest their futures in Greater Des Moines (DSM)

For more information, please visit DSMpartnership.com/Education or contact Program Director Nathan Ritz at (515) 286-4937 or nritz@DSMpartnership.com. Media inquiries should be directed to Sophia S. Ahmad at (515) 286-4919 or sahmad@DSMpartnership.com.


About the Youth Leadership Initiative

YLI began as a project of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute's Community Leadership class of 2001-2002. It an initiative of The Partnership’s Regional Workforce Development and Education work. Now in its 15th year, YLI’s mission is to help local youth see a community that is welcoming, nurturing, and vital which provides ample opportunity for participation in meaningful community change, networking, and individual growth. Since its inception, more than 400 students have successfully graduated from the program. 

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,100 Regional Business Members and more than 330 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.