We are excited to announce the third annual Young Democrats of America High School Leadership Academy on July 8 – 11 in Washington, D.C.  This unique four-day summer camp will focus on developing the next generation of Democratic Party leaders.

Students will participate in leadership workshops and policy panels and will be introduced to the nation’s top Democratic elected officials and Party leaders. YDA will provide an inside view of elections, the media, campaign finance, grassroots organizing, interest groups, the legislative process and careers in politics.  The HSLA will feature a truly interactive experience unlike any other summer political camp in Washington.

YDA will be accepting a total of 48 students from graduating classes 2012 -2015 with diverse leadership experience.  Interested individuals should apply online by Wednesday, May 2. Final enrollment decisions will be announced by Friday, May 11.

Apply today for the 2012 YDA High School Leadership Academy

There is a $575 registration fee, which covers hotel, meals, educational materials, a guided monument tour and ground transportation within Washington, D.C. This non-refundable registration fee will be due on June 8 for those students who are accepted into the program.  Airfare or other travel arrangements must be purchased by each participant.

The historic Phoenix Park Hotel on Capitol Hill will serve as the home base for the four-day training.  However, most sessions will occur “on location” throughout the city for the most authentic Washington experience possible.

A detailed schedule of HSLA training sessions and speakers will be released over the coming weeks; however, you can view last year’s agenda for a snapshot of the types of activities that will take place.  If you have additional questions, please email hsla@yda.org.

Please apply online for the HSLA by May 2  

For 80 years, YDA has been the official youth arm of the Democratic Party.  We are excited to expand upon our traditional campaign activities by offering this important leadership training for high school students.  We hope to see you in our nation’s capital this summer!


Rod Snyder

President Young Democrats of America


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