About the Conference
Who, What, When, Where, Why, &
How it Works
What: A two-day long conference all about leadership development!
Who: for high school students grades 9-12; organized and led by NCSU students.
Why: to help NC high schoolers develop tangible, real-world-ready leadership skills.
When: A Friday and Saturday in January or February (varies based on venue availability), every year for the last eleven years!
Where: NC State's campus; participants are housed in a nearby hotel (included in conference fee).
How it works: our conference schedule includes four major components, described below.
Workshops: over the course of the conference, participants engage with several hands-on, leadership development workshops led by NC State student organizations. Each workshop focuses on a specific component of leadership (past topics include professionalism, collaboration, public speaking, etc.), and includes interactive activities that help participants engage with the complexities and skills associated with that topic.
Keynote Speaker: each conference features a Keynote Speaker, chosen by our Executive Board for their incredible leadership experiences and stories. Past Keynote Speakers include Michelle Zechmann, CEO of Haven House Services; Steven Mazur, Park Scholar Alum and Shark Tank featured founder of Ash and Erie; and Dr. Tom Stafford, previous Vice Chancellor of NCSU.
Service Prototype Project: a cornerstone of the TYLC experience is the Service Prototype Project. Participants work in small groups and put their new leadership skills to work to develop a service project they could realistically implement in their communities. Each small group presents their prototype to our panel of judges, and the winning small groups receive prizes!
Campus Exploration: we love the Wolfpack, and our participants do too - so we provide plenty of opportunities for participants to learn about NC State's campus. Our conference schedule includes a campus tour and info session, a Q&A panel with current NCSU students, and chances to explore Hillsborough Street and the Hunt Library.
Logistics: our $100 conference fee includes housing in a nearby hotel, meals Friday lunch-Saturday dinner, NCSU campus tour and info session, and all conference experiences. Select scholarships are available for selected students in need of financial assistance.