Through interaction and problem solving with peer and community leaders, students:

  • Learn about York County government, business, human services, and cultural arts

  • Meet students from other York County schools

  • Develop leadership skills

  • Discuss issues with community leaders

  • In addition to a Saturday retreat and 6 weekday sessions, the students perform community service projects, meet with established community leaders, and learn about informed giving and grant-making, both in theory and in actual practice.


Because of Future Leaders of York, I have made community connections and gained leadership skills that I can use for the rest of my life.
— Elaina Clark, FLY Class of 2015

Application Process

Students are selected by their respective school districts in late spring for participation during the following school year, and represent most public and private high schools in York County.

High school personnel are encouraged to look beyond typical school leadership criteria when selecting participants in order to identify previously untapped leadership potential.

The tuition for participating students is $375, and is covered by the sponsoring school. This fee does not, however, cover the true cost of the program, and Leadership York relies on the generosity of York County's business and philanthropic community in order to offer this training in community involvement for our youth.

Students interested in becoming a Future Leader of York should apply through their high school guidance office.


My experience was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about my hometown and how to make it better with proper leadership.
— Ahleah Miles, York Suburban High School, FLY Class of 2011