Become the leader God is calling you to be.

The Youth Leadership Institute is a Jesus-centered, mission-focused community of high school youth hungry to grow their local church through a city-wide revival of our parishes, schools, and friendships.

Through the core components of prayer, intercession, formation, mission, and community, students are equipped not only to be the future leaders of the church, but to bring about real transformation today.

Over a three-year curriculum, students will learn foundational teachings in the areas of prayer, leadership, and mission that are applied in practical, real-life opportunities to evangelize and build up their communities.


Cultivate a daily prayer life the serves as the foundation of everything else.

Formation & Community Nights

Gather monthly with other YLI students for communal prayer, formation teachings, and accompaniment in small groups led by young adult missionaries.

Jesus Nights

Invite & help lead other high school students to encounter Jesus at once-a-month evangelistic events.

Parish & School Involvement

Participate in a ministry at your parish, and establish a Divine Mercy Club at your school to intercede for the revival of your community.

Applications for the 2023-24 year are due September 1 (for Columbus) or October 22 (for Northwoods).

Select the link for your location to apply for the Youth Leadership Institute. After submitting an application, you will receive an email notifying you of acceptance and inviting you to complete enrollment. A one-time fee of $150 will be due upon enrollment, which covers the cost of tuition for the entire year. In-person attendance is expected for both Formation & Community Nights and Jesus Nights. Please review the dates below for each location.

Questions? Email for Columbus or for Northwoods!

Age: Students in grades 9-12

Tuition: $150/student
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