Youth Leadership Institute

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Youth Leadership Institute

The Church needs young people transformed by Christ’s love to be empowered and sent out as missionary disciples in the world. The Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) brings high school students together for monthly evenings of formation in prayer, identity, leadership, and evangelization. Led by the Damascus program team in partnership with youth ministries, YLI is where high school students awakened to the reality of Christ’s love are given the tools they need to answer the call to mission and lead their peers, schools, families and parishes to Jesus.


2022-23 Locations

YLI: Columbus

St. Catharine Church | 500 Gould Rd. Columbus, OH 43209

2nd Wednesdays of the month | 6:30-9pm | September-May


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YLI: St. Paul

The Church of St. Joseph | 1154 Seminole Ave. St. Paul, MN 55118

2nd or 3rd Sundays | 6:30-9pm | September-May


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Applications for the 2022-23 school year open June 10!

Youth Leadership Institute FAQ

Who can participate?

Students in grades 9-12.

YLI: Columbus participants should have attended Catholic Youth Summer Camp before participating in YLI.

What are the dates?

YLI: Columbus will meet on 2nd Wednesday of each month, September through May.

YLI: St. Paul will meet on the following Sundays:

Sept. 18 | Oct. 9, 2022 | Nov. 13 | Dec. 11 | Jan. 15 | Feb. 12 |Mar. 12 | Apr. 16 | May 7

What will the meetings consist of?

At each meeting, participants will gather for prayer and to hear a teaching. Then they will meet with the same missionary-led small group each month to discuss how to practically implement the teaching content in the coming month. Visit this document for a description of the formation units and teachings: YLI Overview 2022-23

What is the cost of registration?

There is a one-time fee of $150 per student due upon enrollment that covers the cost of tuition for the full 9-month program.

How do I enroll?

Please click one of the links above to apply for your location. After we review your application, we’ll respond via email letting you know if you have been accepted, and at that time you will be invited to enroll. Further communication about what to expect will follow prior to kickoff in September!