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Youth Leadership School

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What you will learn

The Leadership Institute's Youth Leadership School is a rigorous training that provides the tools to be an effective youth leader and win for candidates and causes of your choice.

This elite training allows you to become LI Campaign Certified, elevating your status in the political arena, and enhancing your resume for the competitive political job market. This “boot camp of politics” is necessary for anyone who wants to be active in the political process.

You will learn to:
  • Coordinate large numbers of volunteers and voters
  • Recruit and maximize the efforts of your group
  • Motivate volunteers with new and exciting projects
  • Host successful speaker events
  • Develop eye-catching signs and literature
  • Effectively influence your audience through the media
  • Organize activism projects you can implement immediately

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to network with job recruiters right there at the YLS. These recruiters are looking to hire motivated individuals for open positions all over the nation. Don't miss the opportunity to be hired upon YLS graduation!

One free resume consultation by our career professionals is included in your registration.

Need travel assistance to attend? Apply for a YLS Scholarship.


Starts Saturday, December 12

Sat 12:   8:30 AM  - 11:30 PM EST
Sun 13:   8:30 AM  - 8:30 PM EST


Leadership Institute
Steven P.J. Wood Building
1101 N Highland St

Arlington, VA 22201 Map


$100.00 $50.00 discount for early registration until 11/12/20 Your Cost: $50.00


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What graduates say

Tim Phillips

Tim Phillips

President, Americans for Prosperity

Decades ago, the Youth Leadership School literally launched my political career. I'm so thankful for Morton Blackwell and The Leadership Institute.

Lauren Cooley

Lauren Cooley

First Amendment Journalist

Taking the YLS as a college student gave me invaluable insight on how campaigns function and how I could make myself into an asset for candidates and causes I care about.

Jesus Rodriguez

Jesus Rodriguez

Hispanic Initiatives Coordinator, Republican National Committee

Attending the Youth Leadership School was enriching and empowering. It provided a robust foundation for me to develop my young career in conservative politics. I would highly recommend to any individual seeking to take the next step in their political career.

Lee Jackson

Lee Jackson

Youth Leadership School Director, Leadership Institute

The Youth Leadership School really took my political career to the next level. Without the people I met and the lessons I learned in the YLS, I wouldn't be where I am today.

Your faculty

Carly Tomaine

Carly Tomaine

Coordinator, Youth Leadership Schools

Carly Tomaine is the Coordinator for Youth Leadership Schools at the Leadership Institute. In this position, she travels across the country to train conservative activists on how to effectively run a youth campaign for candidates and causes of their choice.

During the fall semester of 2019, Carly served as the Leadership Institute's Pennsylvania Field Representative in the Campus Leadership Program. She traveled across the Commonwealth and successfully started 15 new groups on campus, and collected over 2300 new conservative student contacts.

In 2018, Carly served as the Grassroots Director for the Dan Meuser for Congress Campaign in Pennsylvania. She successfully organized volunteers that made over 100,000 phone calls and knocked over 10,000 doors. Later that year, she worked as a Field Organizer for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, in Luzerne County, PA.

Carly started the Misericordia University College Republicans at her university, and served as the Vice Chair for the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans.

As a high school senior Carly interned on the Donald J. Trump for President Inc. Campaign in 2016, in the Northeast Pennsylvania headquarters.

Carly is a graduate of Misericordia University with a B.S. in Government, Law, and National Security, and Business Management.

Upcoming Dates:

Sep. 12, 2020 Pittsburgh , PA (This is a 2-day school)
Sep. 19, 2020 Atlanta , GA (This is a 2-day school)
Sep. 26, 2020 Las Vegas , NV (This is a 2-day school)