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.