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Summer Youth Leadership Academy

Summer Youth Leadership Academy One-Week Workshops
Enrollment is free. Open to all Orange and Sullivan County High School Students. 

Session 1: Newburgh July 8th - 12th    Session 2: Port Jervis July 22nd - 26th


"I had a wonderful experience participating in the Youth Leadership Academy this past summer. I not only learned a lot of how to be a strong leader, but I was able to better myself as a person. They have taught me how to work to cut biases and judgements out of my life, and improving the way I communicate with people is still something I still practice everyday using the skills I learned in the academy. I cannot describe how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to be a part of this amazing program and cannot stress enough how worth it the experience is for anyone interested!"

- Lila Sinacori, 2023 SYLA Participant 

This free week-long program aims to inspire and empower students in grades 9-12 to learn and speak up about racism, bullying, gender oppression, the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and building solutions for change. This program will meet in person, where students will engage with Fearless! educators and their peers through deep conversations, team building, and hands-on activities.

Participants who complete our free week-long program will receive the following:

  • 30 hours of community service
  • A letter of recommendation for college and/or employment
  • A $50 stipend
  • Provided Lunch and Snacks

Submissions Due: Friday, June 21, 2024

Session 1: July 8 - July 12 | Newburgh Fearless! Business Office, 280 Broadway
Session 2: July 22 - July 26 | Port Jervis - Port Jervis Recreational Center, 135 Pike Street

Pending registration numbers, some sessions may be condensed. Not all applicants who apply will be accepted into the program.

Fearless! 2024 SYLA Funding Provided By:


Questions Contact:
Nafie Jallow, Prevention, Education, and Training Program Manager 845-562-5365 ext 131


Attending SYLA was an empowering experience where I gained great insights into addressing social issues. The program taught me with the tools to speak up against racism, bullying, and gender oppression and understanding the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships . I have continued to use these skills daily in high school. Thank you, Fearless for a great experience!

- Gisella Terralavoro, 2023 SYLA Partipant

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