The Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s (NMEF) Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) began in 2013 as a space for youth leaders attending schools where NMEF invested in student-centered learning initiatives to actively engage in reform efforts being undertaken in their schools.
For five years, NMEF has continued to support the convening and grown it to include youth organizing groups that work to make changes at the school and community level. NMEF’s support ensures that their grantee schools, and youth organizations are able to send young people to YLI to build relationships, learn from each other, and develop action plans for local work.
August 7 – 9, 2017
Executive Education Circle
Babson Park, MA 02457
A representative from each organization should complete the registration process by June 1st. All steps on the Eventbrite form are necessary for your registration to be considered complete.
- Complete the EventBrite registration process to sign up for the conference
- Send photo releases to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Lodging and Meeting Space
- Babson College Executive Conference Center, Wellesley MA
- August 7 – 9, 2017
- Babson is similar to a hotel and provides linens, toiletries, etc. Guests need to only bring their own personal items.
- Students will be in doubles and matched with someone from their school/youth group
- Adults will be in singles
- All meals are included while at Babson
- Attendance is free
For multilingual information on “What to Expect”, download our YLI flyers in English, Spanish, Somali, Nepali, and Arabic.
- Organizations should decide who will represent their community at YLI. Each organization may bring six students and two adults.
- Organizations are invited to develop posters that tell their story. Posters should be brought to the YLI and will be shared with other participants. More information will be send via email.
- YLI is a safe space for all participants and we ask that everyone come prepared to build a positive, welcoming learning community. We all have the responsibility to look out for each other’s safety. To ensure a safe and healthy environment, it is important that all participants support the following guidelines. Please share these guidelines with all participants
- Students need to be in their respective rooms by 11:00 pm and lights out by midnight.
- Students need to stay with their YLI Teams while workshops are taking place. They need to notify their YLI Facilitator and home team adult ally if they need to leave the workshops.
- Alcohol and drug use are not allowed. Students will be asked to leave the YLI if they do not comply. Each organization is responsible for coordinating transportation home for their students.
- Bullying will not be tolerated and students will be asked to leave the YLI if their behavior is causing a sense of threat to another person.
- Each group should have parents sign off on their own permission slip and should have access to the signed documents while at YLI.
- Unless prearranged and traveling with their group, students may not leave the YLI premises.
- Issues arising at YLI should be brought to the attention of Delia Arellano-Weddleton (firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-239-4883) and the YLI Coordinator, Adeola Oredola (email@example.com, 401.339.0673).
- The Youth Planning Teams developed the following learning norms. They will be reviewed at YLI and likely more will be added at the YLI.
- Don’t yuck my yum
- One diva, one mic
- Make sure to take care of yourself (self-care)
- Be open to new ideas
- Be the change you wish to see (own your learning)
- Challenge the idea, not the person
- Ask respectful questions if confused
- Staying engaged, and being where you’re supposed to be
- Let an adult know where you are
- Lights out at midnight
The Youth Planning Team is currently working on developing exciting workshops. Check back in late spring!
Do students need to bring spending money?
- The YLI is free and all food is covered. Families can decide if they want to send their student with some extra cash.
My child has never been away from home, what if they get homesick?
- Students will have access to phones and can call home if desired.
How will students get to the conference?
- Their school or youth organization will make those arrangements.
Who is at the YLI?
- Students – about 250 students will attend the YLI. The youth represent all six New England states.
- Adult Allies – each organization is asked to bring two adults to support the youth while at the YLI.
- Nellie Mae Education Foundation, funds the YLI and contracts with various organizations to provide support to make the YLI a success.
- Annenberg Institute for School Reform, is responsible for the design and implementation of the YLI. They work closely with the Youth Planning Team and the YLI Facilitators.
- YLI Coordinator; Ms. Adeola Oredola, is responsible for ensuring that the YLI runs smoothly. She helps design and oversee the event.