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Youth Leadership Initiative Applications Now Available

March 28, 2017

GREATER DES MOINES, IA — Applications for Greater Des Moines Partnership Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) Class of 2017-2018 are now available. YLI provides next year’s sophomore or junior students from both public and private high schools from across Greater Des Moines 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 region. YLI classes take place once during the school day each month, and once in the evening. YLI staff works with each student’s school to ensure missed class days are excused absences.

Applications will be accepted until Noon on April 28, 2017. 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

People who are interested in becoming mentors for YLI can attend a lunch and learn event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, 700 Locust St. Adults and college students are encouraged to attend.

Read more about student opportunities or contact Program Director Nathan Ritz at (515) 286-4937 or nritz@DSMpartnership.com.

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.