The Youth Civic Leadership Institute (YCLI) is a leadership opportunity held at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas for incoming high school seniors throughout Kansas. The three-day, two-night program includes a variety of speakers, outings, workshops and brainstorming sessions focusing on the importance of civic engagement in our democracy. YCLI includes a visit to the State Capitol in Topeka to meet with our state leaders and discuss issues. This exciting leadership opportunity is provided at no cost to the accepted students.

About the Nomination Process

Each Kansas high school is invited to nominate up to two students for the YCLI experience. Students interested in attending YCLI should contact their school counselor or administrator.

Contact Information
Barbara W. Ballard
Associate Director for Civic Programming

Dole Institute of Politics
2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045
p: (785) 864-4900
f: (785) 864-1414

Timeline of Application Process

  • Early March: Application information is mailed to each Kansas high school
  • April 6: Applications and nomination forms due
  • Early May: Applicants are notified of acceptance status

Youth Civic Leadership Schedule (PDF) »