Youth from across the state apply and are selected to participate in this leadership program divided into two sessions:
- A five-day residential session in which youth explore leadership and teambuilding, study issues affecting youth and Latino communities, and plan a community service project, and
- A one-day graduation during which participants present their completed community service projects.
During the summer session, the youth explore leadership through activities such as teambuilding on a ropes course, learning leadership theory, and examining their personal leadership style. After discussing issues relevant to their daily experiences, participants design a collaborative service project to implement in their home communities during the fall semester.
LSL exposes youth to college life while offering a solid sense of safety, structure, membership and belonging for participants to discuss youth and Latino community issues. The youth stay in the UGA residence halls, participate in campus recreational sports, and visit the libraries, museums, and labs. Current college students from across the state serve as mentors throughout the program.
Participants talk with college professors, counselors, and other professionals about preparing for college, including:
- College admission requirements,
- Scholarship and financial aid,
- College majors and careers.
Rising high school sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply if they:
- Have a demonstrated interest in building leadership in Latino communities,
- Will commit to designing and implementing a community service project during the fall semester, and
- Can attend both summer and winter sessions.