The Massachusetts Youth Leadership Foundation is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization focused on recognizing, teaching, and empowering youth citizenship across our state. They realize young people are our future leaders and, as such, they need exposure to a proactive, concerned citizenship. Their programs give students the tools to create positive change in their own schools and communities.
MYLF’s central program is MassSTAR (Massachusetts STudents Accepting Responsibility), a three-day leadership conference held on a college campus each summer. They invite one sophomore from every Massachusetts-accredited rural, suburban, and inner city high school, both public and private, to participate in an exciting, hands-on learning experience. Student delegates are nominated and chosen by their school principals, guidance counselors, teachers, and advisors, based on their demonstrated and potential leadership ability. For more than twenty-five years, the annual program has reached over 5,000 students.