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LeadYoung Institute


LeadYoung Institute (LYI) is a community-based strategy to identify and develop students, gifted in organizational leadership, in the Conejo Valley, California (north of Los Angeles). The goal is to model a local impetus on leadership talent development, as well as a means to conduct research related to young leader gifting and growth. LYI will work alongside schools and civic groups, offering adult education and student leader training. Dr. Nelson will directly oversee LYI, along with its programs and staff. Official launch date is fall, 2017. Click HERE for a 1-page brief on leadership talent scounting. Click HERE for a Frequently Asked Questions pdf.

Summer Training Courses

Click HERE for June 18-22 and June 25-29 classes.

In The News

Click HERE to read Dr. Nelson’s “Student Leadership” columns in the Acorn newspaper
Click HERE to read what Conejo Valley Lifestyle magazine said about LYI.
Click HERE to read the Conejo365 magazine article on LYI.
Click HERE to read LA Parent’s article on child leadership development, including comments from
Dr. Nelson
Click HERE to read a 1-page article: “The Fallacy that Good Grades Lead to Great Colleges.”
Click HERE to see LYI’s full page ad in the Acorn newspaper.

Nominate a Candidate

This is an invitation only program for 10-18 year olds, although we encourage people to nominate students for consideration. To do this, complete an application at  Write LYI in the slot for the “Name of school, club or host organization.”

Gifting Assessment

Student candidates must also have 2 Social Influence Surveys submitted on them, but only 1 from a parent or relative: .  Again, note LYI in the slot for the name of the host.

E-news Request

If you’d like to receive an LYI e-newsletter, complete the form at the following link.  In the “How did you find out about KidLead” box, note “LYI.”

Get Involved

If you would like to get involved as a volunteer or part-time staff member, please contact us directly at and specify your interest.  We’ll send an appropriate form and/or contact you for an interview. Click HERE for a current list of LYI Certified Trainers & Koaches.

Research Advisor Group

Part of our mission at LYI is to study the identification, training and social impact of young leaders. We’re putting together a team of experts who’ll advise on this. Click HERE to see our current group.

Leader Incubator

Leader Incubator color logoAs the LeadYoung Institute gets going, we’ll be adding a secondary program for 3-9 year olds, designed for all interested to be involved in programs related to teamwork and leadership emergence. We’ll be using KiddieLead and Lead1st curricula, for parents and children to practice project-based activities, to educate kids on the leadership process as well giving them practice functioning on teams and to identify leadership talent, as a recruiting process for LYI.