WHAT: a two-day long conference about all things leadership!
WHAT: a Friday and Saturday in January or February, every year.
WHERE: NC State’s campus (our home base is usually Talley Student Union); students are housed in a nearby hotel (included in conference fee).
WHO: for high school students grades 9-12, organized and led by NCSU students.
WHAT: It’s all about leadership development! Read more about why we do what we do on our about page.
HOW IT WORKS: Our conference includes four major components, described below.
  • Workshops: throughout the two day conference, students will participate in several workshops led by NC State student organizations. Each workshop focuses on a specific component of leadership (past topics include professionalism, collaboration, and effective communication), and includes hands-on activities to let students engage with the complexities and skills associated with that topic.
  • Keynote Speaker: each annual conference features a keynote speaker, chosen by our Executive Board for their incredible leadership experiences and stories. Last year’s keynote speaker was Steven Mazur, an NCSU Park Scholar alum who runs Shark Tank success business Ash & Erie – and who founded Triangle Youth Leadership Services when he was at State!
  • Service Prototype Project: a cornerstone of the TYLC is our service project prototype. This is students’ opportunity to put what they’ve learned to work! Students are teamed up in small groups to design a service project that could help address a community problem they pick, and then every team presents their service project prototype to our panel of judges. Winning teams walk away with prizes, and all students walk about with a real-world-ready service project they could bring back to their communities.
  • Campus Exploration: we love the Wolfpack, and our student participants do too! We want to provide lots of opportunities for students to learn about NC State’s campus and culture, so our conference schedule includes a campus tour and info session, a Q&A panel with current NCSU students, and chances to explore Hillsborough Street and the Hunt Library. 

LOGISTICS: our $100 conference fee includes housing in a nearby hotel, meals from Friday lunch through Saturday dinner (Friday and Saturday lunches are in Talley’s food court, Friday dinner is a pizza dinner, Saturday breakfast is at the hotel, and Saturday dinner is a formal dinner catered by NCSU’s catering service, Rave), an NCSU campus tour and info session, transportation between Talley Student Union and the hotel, and all other conference experiences. Select scholarships are available for accepted students in need of financial assistance. 


Students or counselors interested in a formatted letter about the conference can download it below: