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, participate in a community leader networking session and learn about informed giving and grant-making, both in theory and in actual practice.


Because of Future Leaders of York, I am prepared to lead in the different organizations and positions I will have in the future. Also, I am prepared to help other young people to become leaders themselves with the knowledge I gained from the program.
— Rachel Means, FLY Class of 2018

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 $400, 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.


Future Leaders of York instilled in me the concept of philanthropy at a much earlier stage in my life compared to the rest of my peers. As I reflect on where I am now with my career and my involvement in the community, I definitely credit FLY as being the main contributor of my passion to serve the local community.
— Adam Saubel, FLY Class of 2013