Frequently Asked Questions

Leadership Initiatives

For more than 15 years, Leadership Initiatives has partnered with outstanding high school students to gain real-world experience, explore future careers, and develop critical skills to create the next generation of leaders worldwide. As a nonprofit organization, we are proud to offer real internships that impact the lives of students and the individuals they are partnered with.   

Leadership Initiatives offers the leading experiential education programs for high school students with endorsements from the Microsoft Youthspark Program, the Starbucks Foundation, the International Youth Foundation, GlobalGiving, TestRocker, and the Future First Foundation.

Join us today and start an internship with a business in the developing world, work with an attorney on an impending court case of national importance, develop anti-terrorism security strategies or partner with a doctor to diagnose patients in sub-Saharan Africa.


Leadership Initiatives has created seven 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 Internship 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 Internship and the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Internship allows students to work with real patients and receive medical training from medical experts and Howard University.

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

The National Security & Intelligence Internship partners students with a real security firm in West Africa to create security solutions with former FBI and Military leaders for Yobe State University which has been attacked by the Boka Haram, an international terrorist group, several times since 2015.

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

    • Unlimited 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

Nominations for each program can be submitted through our nomination page. We examine all nominations on a case by case basis. Students are allowed to self-nominate but we will need an official recommendation from a teacher, school official, or principal before you can be admitted to the program. 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 February, 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.