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YLI hosts Boys State film in partnership with Apple TV and A24 Entertainment

The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) is proud to be working with Apple TV and A24 Entertainment to provide our educators a relaxing time of entertainment and thought provoking discussion about civic engagement. On September 22, 2020, at 7 p.m. EDT, YLI educators will join together online to view Apple TV’s film, Boys State, a documentary […]

YLI Week of Civics & Service, April 1-7

The Youth Leadership Initiative at the University of Virginia Center for Politics has organized as a part of its Democracy Corps program the YLI Week of Civics and Service. This national event which will take place April 1-7 provides an opportunity for students and their families to lift up their communities. Even though students in […]

YLI Civics Resources LIVE Across the Nation!

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. The team at YLI has been squeezing a lot of lemons as of late. The arrival of COVID-19 and the closure of schools across the nation has meant the need for quick thinking and improvisation on the part of both the University of Virginia Center for Politics and […]

YLI Opens 2020 E-Congress Legislative Session

The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) opened the 19th session of its National E-Congress simulation program on Tuesday, January 7. As in previous years teachers can register their students to participate in a nation-wide activity designed to DISCOURSE, DEBATE and COMPROMISE on legislation that they themselves have researched, written and sent to the be voted on […]

Jamestown: American Legacy Student Survey Results

The Youth Leadership Initiative(YLI) and American Evolution announce the results of the 2019 National Jamestown: American Legacy Student Survey! After two weeks of open polls, YLI is proud to announce that thousands of students from across the country have made their opinions known! Each year, YLI conducts the largest, secure student-only, online mock election in […]

American Civic Education App: Coming to a Place Near You!

America’s Mock Election(AME) has been working to promote YLI’s Mock Election program since 2016. AME has produced several mock election results programs as well as a Hundred Days Report that teachers have used in their classrooms. For the past year YLI, ConSource and AME have worked together to create the American Civic Education app in […]

YLI Named a Charter Member of the Civics Renewal Network

YLI is proud to announce that it was named a Charter Member of the Civics Renewal Network (CRN). The Civics Renewal Network is a consortium of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening civic life in the U.S. by increasing the quality of civics education in our nation’s schools and by improving accessibility to high-quality, no-cost […]

YLI’s 2019 National Mock Election and Jamestown: America’s Legacy student voter survey

YLI’s 2019 Mock Election contains races for KY, MS and LA as well as a special survey highlighting relevant events that happened in Virginia in 1619. The survey is provided through a partnership with American Evolution. The 2019 Commemoration highlights the significance and modern relevance of several important events that occurred in Virginia in 1619. […]

Common Ground Solutions Supports YLI’s Talking Turkey Program

Over the summer the YLI staff met with Common Ground Solutions (CGS) to see if there was a way to collaborate. During the discussions between CGS Founder, Howard Komar, and YLI Director, Meg Heubeck, it was decided that YLI would promote the use of CGS topic resources to support the Talking Turkey: Taking the ‘Dis’ […]

YLI Partners with CivXNow!

The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) joints the CIVXNow Coalition to promote civic education. The Youth Leadership Initiative is proud to announce that it has been welcomed into partnership with the CivXNow Coalition. The CivXNow Coalition pledges to help every school in the nation fill its historic and vital civic mission. The organizations included in the […]