Youth Salute communities applaud the positive accomplishments of their
young men and women, they are building a culture that encourages
Youth Salute recognizes outstanding
seniors. It also involves them in seminars and workshops specifically
designed to further develop their already formidable leadership skills.
Salutes are the grass roots of our program and have been implemented in
communities across the country to provide this recognition to high
Nominations for Youth Salutes
are requested in their during a student's junior year. The nominees
must have been elected to a leadership position and have at least a "B"
average. Students are nominated not only on grades, but also on
leadership in school activities, religious organizations, or activities
in their community. Each student is asked to complete an application
and answer three out of four essay questions.
are applauding balanced young people who understand the importance of
giving back. Young people who have already made a significant
difference in their world are nominated. Community leaders interview
the nominees throughout the spring and summer months. Those students
selected for the program then participate in:
* Seminars and workshops on team building, communication, change, positive attitude, self-esteem, and leadership skills.
* Community recognition ceremonies, local media coverage, and photographic displays of youth accomplishments.
* Scholarships and awards to outstanding youth leaders.
* Various social events
Youth Leaders of the Year from each chapter are also awarded an
all-expense paid trip to the annual national NCYL leadership conference
"Town Meeting on Tomorrow".
Local chapters, as
in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, award as many as 47 scholarships to their
student leaders. Lexington, Kentucky has 850 nominees each year and
awards $64,000 in scholarships. West Des Moines, Iowa nominates 250
students and awards $20,000 each year in scholarships. They have a two
day seminar for all nominees, co-sponsored by Drake University, where
Youth Salute students stay overnight in a college dorm with Drake
freshmen. Belleville, Illinois has sponsored a two day seminar for
student leaders for 20 years!
Each chapter is
unique unto itself. Local chapters pay $1,000 in annual dues to the
National, which entitles them to send two to four students to the "Town
Meeting on Tomorrow". Many Youth Salutes start by sending a junior
ambassador to "Town Meeting on Tomorrow". After returning to their
community (with parent, school and community support) the students then
serve on a team that starts a new local chapter.