Congratulations Graduates BVYLA Class of 2020 !


Blackstone Valley Youth Leadership Academy

 2020-2021 Program and Application Materials

While BVEF is committed to providing this learning opportunity to students, our first priority is health and safety. Strong communication with participating students and families will guide any necessary adaptations over the course of the 2020-2021 Academy.


Participation offers students opportunities to:

  • Meet local & state leaders, members of the business community, as well as community stewards and volunteers

  • Step outside comfort zone & meet students from other high schools

  • Participate in & volunteer with local programs and events

  • Identify, develop and practice personal leadership skills and styles

  • Explore marketing concepts

  • Build time management skills

  • Practice public speaking & communication skills

  • Learn how leadership efforts help to grow business throughout the valley

  • Select, plan, and implement an individual community service project

  • Explore career opportunities & learn employability skills

Session topics include:

Defining Leadership, Identifying Leadership Styles, Community Culture & Climate, Community Engagement, Goal Setting, Time Management, Interviewing Skills, Public Speaking, Self Care/ Stress Relief, and Financial Literacy.


The BVYLA program is an opportunity to forge new relationships and to experience accountability outside of the classroom, which can build self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-confidence among those who have not yet experienced those milestones. If you are interested in participating in this unique experience, please contact your school counselor to learn about the process for your school.

Click on the link above to complete the Program Application.

If you have any questions please contact Holly McNeil, hmcneil@BVeducationfoundation.org .


Did you know that critical thinking and problem solving are integral parts of the Youth Leadership Academy?

Employers say they value employees who demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.