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For High School Students: Free to participants!

January 22 - 24, 2021

March 26 - 28, 2021

Youth Leadership Conference® (YLC) is a nationally recognized, Military Order of the World Wars-sponsored program for high school students seeking to improve leadership skills and learn about the U.S. government and civic responsibility. The conference, which takes place on selected weekends during the winter months, encompasses hands-on participation in activities based on the U.S. Constitution, personal finance, the free enterprise system, the U.S. Supreme Court, effective communications, and leadership. 

What are the application requirements?

  • 2.5 GPA or better (must provide current copy of transcript)
  • The Bill of Rights and My Responsibilities essay
  • Medical release waiver
  • Items on the packing list

Essay Contest

Students submit an essay of 500 words or less titled: “The Bill of Rights and My Responsibilities,” describing what this means to them as a United States citizen. Applications can be accepted at any time with or without the essay, but the essay must be received one week prior to the program start date. MOWW annually selects winners of the national YLC essay competition from among the top graduates of each YLC, presenting the Phoenician Award and cash prizes to the national winner, first runner up and second runner up.

*Families are invited to join us for a complimentary brunch and the Mack Hall activities.

Flying in for the Weekend

If a student is planning to fly alone and requires transportation to and from the airport, the YLC staff can make transportation arrangements. The student’s flight must arrive and depart from the Burlington International Airport (BTV). Flights must be scheduled to arrive before 1 p.m. on Friday and must be scheduled to depart after 4 p.m. on Sunday. Please email flight itineraries no later than one week before the event, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What is the cost?

YLC is free to participants.

If you have questions or need more information, please call 1 (802) 485-2531, text 1 (802) 281-4403, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • “I learned how to speak in a room full of people more confidentially. I learned a lot about my future. I enjoyed meeting new people and stepping out of my comfort zone.”
    Lilly Kinney
  • “My experience was extremely fun, educational and eye-opening. This experience shows me how much I want to go here. I love how devoted the cadets are to this school.”
    Luke Boland
  • “It is a great way to learn more about our government and how it is run while simultaneously making new friends along the way. You also learn a lot about yourself and how to take certain paths to get to your end goal when it comes to leadership, careers, and college.”
    YLC Participant
  • "I can apply what I learned to my leadership positions in my JROTC unit as well as use the helpful information on college applications this summer."
    YLC Participant
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