Youth Leadership Opportunities

Regional Youth Leadership

Sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce 

Regional Youth Leadership is a non-profit leadership development program for select high school juniors in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area. RYL is designed to motivate and empower youth to make a positive difference in our communities by developing a life dedicated to effective and compassionate leadership, selfless volunteerism and responsible citizenship. Community decision makers and leaders interact with the students to identify and develop their leadership skills, increase their awareness of the challenges, resources and opportunities in our region, encourage community service, explore various career paths and opportunities and help build a commitment to their future role and responsibility as community leaders. The outcome is an investment in our community's most important resource our future leaders.


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Northern Kentucky Youth Advisory Board (NKYAB)

Sponsored by Children Inc.

“Empowering high school students across Northern Kentucky”


The Northern Kentucky Youth Advisory Board (NKYAB) sponsored by Children Inc. is focused on student empowerment.

High schools across the Northern Kentucky area have the opportunity to organize teams of 6-8 students to serve on the NKYAB.  These students serve as ambassadors for their schools at monthly meetings held at the Boone County campus of Gateway Community and Technical college from 6pm to 8pm. Over the past 4 years, approximately 15-20 high schools (both public and parochial) have been represented on the youth board.  These student teams meet monthly in a large group from September through April and report back at their schools.  They are presented with two guiding questions that drive their work on developing a project to help an area of need at their school:


  • How can all students be successful at your school?
  • How can you engage other students to help answer the first question?

The students to determine the need and the project focus for their school.  Adult points of contact assist the students as needed, but it is the students who drive the program. These projects are shared at the NKYAB Project Fair in April.


The monthly NKYAB meetings serve as a great opportunity for all school teams to come together and network with other students, share ideas and challenges they are facing on their project with other school teams represented.  The students design and lead the monthly meetings.  NKYAB also works with the Magnified Giving program to learn about philanthropy and community service. The program continues to grow and offers students a unique opportunity to make a positive difference at their own school, but also learn from students at other schools across Northern Kentucky.


For more information, students should inquire at their school to learn if their school is already involved with NKYAB and how they can get involved on their school team.  If their school is not involved, contact Larry Tibbs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Michael Laughlin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Youth Leadership Development Program (YLD)

Sponsored by Brighton Center


The Youth Leadership Development (YLD) Program is an after school program that has served the Northern Kentucky community for nearly 20 years. The program is currently offered in 5 school districts: Campbell County, Covington, Dayton, Erlanger-Elsmere, and Newport. YLD provides structured activities and opportunities for youth to acquire and improve their life skills, decision making and leadership skills.


The program utilizes the Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program® (TOP®), which is designed to develop social and emotional well-being and mental health of pre-teens/teens. TOP® is an evidence-based mental health promotion program by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). The TOP® approach provides youth with critical supports and opportunities to prepare for successful adulthood and avoid problem behaviors. Each club meets twice per week through the school year, and summer programming is offered in Newport.


The teens involved in YLD are also given the opportunity to connect with their own communities through service learning projects, learn about careers and job opportunities through job shadowing and career exposure, set future educational goals by participating in college tours, and attend arts, cultural and recreational events through field trips throughout the year. Special events are also held for club members and their families including family nights and themed parties.

In addition to the YLD program, high school students have the opportunity to participate in the Brighton Center Teen Coalition program, which is offered at Newport High School and Campbell County High School. Teens learn important life skills through interactive workshops and club meetings. These teens also participate in job shadowing, college tours, community service and other field trips. Teen Coalition additionally provides additional supports to students as they prepare and transition out of high school.


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