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The Student Experience
Through the Yosemite Leadership Program, I have gained confidence in myself, and a better understanding of my own personal values. -First-Year YLP Student
YLP Provides the Support of a Community... even in a pandemic.
“The most valuable components to me are the sense of community and individual  leadership development which I have gained. YLP has given me a community I feel close to and safe with....
A Leadership Lifestyle Program
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YLP Summer Internship
Full internship experience returning summer 2021  
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We Believe

We believe our world needs intentional, value driven leadership and citizenship.  

We believe Earth is at a pivotal moment in time where our decisions as individuals within society will drastically impact life for the positive or the negative.  

We believe you are capable of incredible impact and transformation.

We believe you are our future.

Our Vision

The Yosemite Leadership Program (YLP) strives to be the premier student environmental leadership program in the nation. The YLP will foster synergy among government, business, and academia to develop tomorrow’s thoughtful, ethical, and innovative leaders.

Our Mission

YLP is leadership development that educates and inspires environmental advocacy and social change through skilled, ethical, innovative and intentional action while respecting cultural heritage and community.

YLP during COVID-19

As the University of California, Merced and Yosemite National Park grapple with the responsibility of keeping their respective communities safe, the Yosemite Leadership Program is developing powerful and engaging experiences for the coming year.  The opportunity to adventure, to chellenge ourselves, to grow, and to build a tight knit community is still available to us.  This year's participants will have one of the most unique outdoor engagement, community service, and professional development experiences of any cohort thus far.  We are leveraging an array of available technologies, a broad professional network of leaders and speakers from around the world, and the passion of each student participant to create a powerful experience that will give students an important edge in their career and personal goals.

To access the 2020 application, please visit our apply page.

To learn more about the programs offered this fall, please visit our programs page.

For other leadership opportunities and leader-development programs, visit the Margo F. Souza Leadership Center site.