The Greater Cedar Rapids Area Council on Youth Leadership is a part of National Council on Youth Leadership. Cedar Rapids is only one of many Youth Salute Programs throughout the country. The Youth Salute recognizes and applauds outstanding seniors in high school for being tremendous leaders and giving back in their communities. When Youth Salute communities applaud the positive accomplishments of their young men and women, they are building a culture that encourages excellence.

In the Spring of their junior year a select number of youth leaders are nominated by faculty of their school or members of the community. The criteria to earn a nomination are for the student to have been elected to a leadership position by their peers, have a 3.0 grade point average or above and be well involved in school, community and religious organizations. Following nominations each student leader will fill out an application, including a list of involvements and response to an essay. In addition to the application, every student receives a personal interview and attends the two-day leadership seminar, followed by The Scholarship & Awards Ceremony.

Scholarships awarded are as follows:

$5,000 Jamie Harder NCYL Male Youth Leader of the Year

$5,000 Lura McBride NCYL Female Youth Leader of the Year

These two recipients also receive an all expense paid trip to the Global Leadership Connection in Washington, D C Experience on October 27-31, 2017. Established by Wayne and Nan Kocourek.

$1,000 Diamond V Mills Leader of Excellence Award

$1,000 Aegon / Transamerica Foundation Leader in Excellence Award

$1,000 Modern Piping Leader in Excellence Award

$500 Van Meter Industrial Leader of Promise

$500 Kepros Physical Therapy and Performance Leader of Promise

$500 Lil Drug Store Products Leader of Promise

These six student recipients also receive an all-expense paid trip to the NCYL National Conference, TOWN MEETING ON TOMORROW at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, October 21-24, 2017.

$300 Whelan Family Caring Hands -3

$100 Youth Salute Ambassador -25 given by NCYL - Cedar Rapids Board Members

For more information regarding the National Council on Youth Leadership or Town Meeting On Tomorrow please visit NCYL.org.

For more information regarding the Global Leadership Connection  Washington, DC Experience please visit: GLCleadership.org

NCYL is a 501.c3 nonprofit organization.

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