Youth Leadership Sandy Springs

Engaging and Inspiring the Leaders of Today… and Tomorrow

  • Explore Sandy Springs
  • Build your leadership skills, your resumé, and your network
  • Discover how to get involved
  • Discuss issues facing our community
  • Interact with business, government, and community leaders
  • Connect with students from other schools
  • Receive a custom honor cord to wear at high school commencement

Program days offer fun

unique “experiences”

and dive deeply into:

Business. Government. Sustainability. Human Services. Strengths and Interview Skills. Public Safety. Criminal Justice. Civic Engagement. Leadership Development. 


Who is eligible to apply?

All rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders who live in or go to school in Sandy Springs are encouraged to apply to YLSS.

What schools do YLSS students attend?

In recent years, YLSS has welcomed students from many schools in the metro area including Riverwood, North Springs, Holy Innocents, Pace Academy, Mount Vernon, Marist, Weber, Walker, Westminster, The Cottage School, The Howard School, Innovation Academy, Woodward and others.

How do I apply?

Click HERE to access our easy online application.  Please note that you will need to submit a recommendation and a “Time and Commitment” form signed by your parent and your school principal.

How much time does this take and when do we meet?

The YLSS class year consists of an evening kick-off event and nine program days: six during school hours and three on the weekend. As part of the application process, you will need to get permission from your school principal and parent to miss school.  Program days are considered “excused absences”, but you will be responsible for making up missed assignments. To avoid students missing the same class each month, we attempt to vary the days of the week on which we meet.  You will get a calendar of all meeting days and times at the kick-off.  Program days generally follow the hours of school days and should allow you to be back for afterschool activities. YLSS traditionally starts in late August and ends in late March.

Is there an attendance policy?

YLSS is a very selective program; only 40 or so of the thousands of eligible Sandy Springs students are selected each year.  Successful completion of the program affords graduates the honor of including YLSS on their resumé, and of wearing a unique YLSS graduation cord at their Commencement ceremony.  The time commitment to participate in YLSS is to be taken seriously and attendance at programs is mandatory.  If you find it necessary to miss a program day, you will be expected to make it up, and make up opportunities will be provided.  Participants who miss three or more program days without proof of make-up will not be considered graduates of YLSS.

Is there a dress code?

We’ll let you know ahead of time the attire for each program day.  On days that we meet with business and civic leaders, you’ll be asked to dress business casual. We dress up for Interview Day, and jeans, shorts, and t-shirts are appropriate for some of the other days.

What is the cost to participate?

YLSS is a tuition-based program and costs $900 per student.  Scholarships and tuition assistance, including payment plans, are available. Please don’t let cost be a deterrent.

What’s the deal with transportation?

Students must provide their own transportation to/from program days.  Carpooling is encouraged. If a program is not occurring in Sandy Springs, or requires moving from one location to another, we will meet at a central location and take a chartered bus to the program.

Why should I apply?

Because it’s fun!  And it’s a great program, proven over a dozen years to build connections, strengthen leadership skills, and give students an inside look at what makes their community tick.