Leadership Prince William’s Summer Youth Academy

The Leadership Prince William Summer Youth Academy is a two-week program for students who want to have a once-in-a-lifetime summer experience. It is unlike any other ‘summer camp’ program because it focuses on the students: learning about themselves, connecting with other student leaders, having amazing field trip experiences and giving back to their community. The Summer Youth Academy is based on Leadership Prince William’s successful adult program, and this is the fourth year for our Summer Academy.

LPW Youth Academy Flyer 2017

Program & Activities

During each session of this 10-day program, students are introduced to community issues and leaders through group discussions, field trips and hands-on activities. Participants have an opportunity to enhance their team building, communication and leadership skills. Leadership Prince William selects student  leaders from a cross section of  Prince William County, Manassas City and Manassas Park residents. The camp is hosted by Leadership Prince William and based at Youth For Tomorrow in Bristow, Virginia.

  • Field trips to local historic sites, the Public Safety Training Center, Micron Technology & much more!
  • Meet local business, government and education leaders.
  • Explore possible education & career paths.
  • Hands-on activities like a town hall meeting, personal budgeting and anti-bullying activities.
  • Learn about local health & human services, arts & culture, STEM, the environment & open space.
  • Academy participants design and manage their own community service project.

occoquan mayor with kidsEmergenetics STEP  – As part of the Youth Academy, we incorporate STEP (Student/Teacher Emergenetics Profile), which is an exciting way to help students learn about their own thinking preferences, how they work with others, and how to communicate with people who think differently than they do. Based on the acclaimed Emergenetics program, STEP recognizes the dynamic, individual thinking and behavioral styles of youth.

Who Can Attend

Participants in the Youth Academy must be rising 6th through 9th graders, with limited slots for 6th graders. They must live or attend school in Prince William County, Manassas or Manassas Park.

Leaders in Training must be rising 10th through 12 graders. They have an opportunity to attend the Academy and learn their STEP profile at no cost in exchange for assisting with Academy activities and supporting younger students at the Academy.


The daily dropoff and pickup location is at Youth For Tomorrow, 11835 Hazel Circle Drive in Bristow, Virginia, which is our in-kind partner for the Summer Youth Academy. Programs are generally held at Youth For Tomorrow on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while field trips are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


The Academy tuition is $450 for the full two weeks, including the camp, the STEP Emergenetics program, field trips & field trip transportation, daily lunch and snacks, facilitators, a commencement reception & MORE!

If you have questions about applying or whether the Academy is right for your student, please feel free to call us at 571-765-7568.

Click here to apply for the Summer Youth Academy (rising 7th thru 9th graders, with limited slots for rising 6th graders)
Click here to apply as a Leader in Training (rising 10th thru 12th graders)

Please note:
We suggest that you complete the essay questions in a Word document first. Then complete the online application form, upload your Word document and you are ready to go!

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