Youth Leadership Corps (YLC)

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The Youth Leadership Corps (YLC) is an Outward Bound scholarship that has been developed to cultivate budding leaders through the unique challenge of a 12-day wilderness expedition. The expedition will have students backpacking along the Appalachian Trail and sea kayaking along the estuaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Students learn the skills that are critical to success and often not learned in the classroom– leadership styles, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and decision making. The ideal YLC applicant is a 15-17 year old who already shows natural leadership abilities.

Applications are CLOSED for 2024.


  • Applications are CLOSED for 2024.
  • 2025 Application dates To Be Announced.
  • Complete an Application, Personal Essay, and two Letter of Recommendation forms.
  • Those selected for the course will pay a $400 fee for the program ($100 with qualifying financial aid application).
  • Open to residents of Maryland, DC, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • Those selected to continue in the process will be contacted to schedule a virtual interview. Decisions will be made after interviews are complete.

Push yourself or nominate someone you know for this unique scholarship-funded opportunity. If you have someone you’d like for us to send an application to, please email their name and contact info to