Frequently Asked Questions

Leadership Initiatives

Leadership Initiatives (LI) empowers underdeveloped communities to address their own needs by partnering with local government and business leaders to provide promising individuals with entrepreneurial, leadership and project management training. These leaders are able to identify obstacles, develop solutions and create new businesses to empower themselves and their communities.

Short-term objective: Train local leaders to create sustainable solutions to existing community problems.

Long-term objective: Develop a generation of leaders that are poised to empower entire nations.


Leadership Initiatives has created six first-of-their-kind programs for high school students who want to develop their leadership skills, gain real-world job experience, and change lives around the world.

The Advanced Law & Trial Summit Tier I and Tier II partners students with Goodwin Weber PLLC for an accelerated law internship to work on real court cases of national importance.

The Advanced Medical & Public Health Summit and the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit allows students to work with real patients and receive medical training from medical experts and Howard University.

The International Leadership & Business Internship Summit Tier I and Tier II partners students with real businesses in the developing world to develop critical and targeted business skills and experience.

We care a great deal about our students and their success. In addition to encountering some of the most memorable and unprecedented experiences, we also prepare students for college and professional life like no other program out there through our exclusive benefits:

    • One-on-one mentor time from Leadership Initiatives mentorship pool

    • 5:1 student-staff ratio

    • Leading experts from top companies, law firms, hospitals, and universities

    • Free ACT/SAT training from TestRocker

    • Scholarship search assistance

    • 5 college application essays – reviewed and edited

    • 3 scholarship application essays – reviewed and edited

    • Choose your own adventure tours of embassies, businesses, medical institutes, and legal sites

    • Admissions counseling from Ivy League admissions experts

Applications for each summit can be submitted through our enrollment page. We examine all applications on a case by case basis. If you are selected, you will be notified accordingly.

After you have completed the enrollment process and made the initial deposit for the program, you will receive an email containing a confirmation of your enrollment, materials needed to attend the program, and more information about the program you enrolled in. If you enrolled using a payment plan, more information about the payments will be included in the email. If you did not receive a confirmation email or received one in error, please contact and the issue will be promptly resolved.

If your first choice for a program date is full, please email and let them know that you would like to be placed on the waiting list. All students on the waiting list will be contacted on a first come first serve basis when and if space becomes available.

Leadership Initiatives operates on rolling admissions. We continue to evaluate applications as long as space is available. Because many of our sessions fill by the middle of March, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to ensure your first choice of program and session.

If you would like to attend but do not think you will be able to meet the deadline for registration, please contact us at and we can review additional programming options. 

Our Programs

Student safety and supervision is our number one priority at Leadership Initiatives, and we maintain a uniquely low student-to-staff ratio of five-to-one, which not only allows more individualized time, but also a far more manageable cohort. Our trained staff ensure that students are accounted for at all times through multiple check-ins throughout the day. Students are required to attend all group activities and seminars.

Gaining independence, including experiencing new things on your own, is an essential part of your growth during the program. So, your parents or guardians are not allowed to accompany you. However, it is perfectly fine for your family to travel with you to the program location and stay in the area while you are attending the program.

It is the decided opinion of Leadership Initiatives that all current students behave in a manner befitting a mature and responsible citizen. These include traits such as honesty, fairness, integrity, personal responsibility, being trustworthy, and having respect for others. Members of the learning community will be expected to abide by this code of conduct as a commitment to serve as responsible stewards of not only Leadership Initiatives, but their community and country respectively. Leadership Initiatives reserves the right to remove any student that does not demonstrate these qualities.

YDP Dress Code Policy

We believe our students should dress for their potential and in preparation for the types of activities they will be experiencing. Because the slate of LI YDP’s activities carries with it many unique opportunities to powerfully shape the future of our students, we want to make sure students dress the part.

Due to the nature of virtual programs, we ask that all students appear in professional

Professional attire means suits, sport coats/jackets, slacks/dress pants, skirts or dresses that are coordinated and at least fingertip length when arms are at sides, blouses, sweaters, ties, etc. Shoulders should be covered. If there is any doubt whether or not your outfit makes the cut, you should probably change your outfit.

Semi-professional attire includes much of the above-mentioned clothing with the addition of khaki pants, polo/golf shirts, button down shirts, blouses and sweaters. Shoulders should be covered at all times.

Casual dress includes khaki/golf shorts, jeans in good condition (no rips or tears), sweatshirts, t-shirts, sneakers, sandals, capri pants, and skirts. Shoulders should remain covered at all times.