MYLead has been partnering with high schools across Michigan to inspire young leaders since 2003!
MYLead serves as a catalyst for inspiring minds to leap ahead in their leadership journey. We provide access to captivating speakers, timeless leadership principles, high-energy inspiring role models, interactive team building, and incredible peers from across the state. These combine for a remarkable, unforgettable experience.
MYLead has been offering in-person conferences exclusively for high school sophomores since 2003. In 2020 due to the pandemic, MYLead hosted the first-ever Virtual Summit and held two more in 2021 as well. Although our summits were a great success and able to inspire young leaders virtually, we’re thrilled to be hosting two in person conferences again in 2023!
Conference 1: May 19-21, 2023
Conference 2: June 23-25, 2023
MYLead is exclusively offered to high school sophomores in the 22-23 school year.
Between the two events, MYLead is anticipating over 350 young leaders from across the state for MYLead 2023.
Schools that send students to MYLead report that students return to school:
- Citing MYLead as the best experience from their summer
- Recognizing MYLead as a catapult to what comes next on their leadership journey.
- Exhibiting an obvious increase in self-confidence and self-worth.
- Showing a deeper understanding and appreciation of their leadership style and how to use it effectively when working with peers.
- Freshly inspired and motivated to get more involved.
- Actively ready to speak up and participate in problem-solving both in the classroom and out.
- Ready to take on new challenges that may have previously been outside their comfort zone.
- Excited to help recruit and champion more students to attend the following year.
The nomination process is simple:
- Select the sophomore(s) you would like to nominate
- Click “Nominate Now” and use the login credentials received via email to log into the website
- Enter basic information about the nominee(s) you have selected
- Congratulate each student that has been nominated, letting them know they will receive an email from MYLead about registration shortly
MYLead will email student(s) beginning in March with details about student registration. As the school administrator, you and the student’s guardians will be copied on all emails sent to students.
By logging into the MYLead website you are able to pull your school’s invoice anytime after nominating your selected student(s), if applicable. MYLead covers the cost of the first student from every school to attend completely free of charge. Each additional nominee will be billed at $185 per person for conference attendance.
Schools that send 10 total students to attend conferences will receive an additional complimentary scholarship to cover registration. That means the 10th student will be able to attend completely free of charge.
If you have questions about nominating a sophomore for MYLead, please see answers to the most frequently asked questions below. You are also welcome to see FAQs on the conference page as well. If your questions are not addressed, email email@example.com or leave us a message at (888) 269-4075. One of our volunteers will be more than happy to connect.
I would like to nominate, but I don’t have login credentials. How can I get them?
If you know you would like to nominate, but have not previously worked with MYLead, or you just can’t find the email previously sent to you with your login information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you reach out via email, please include your full name and the name of your school.
I am not associated with a school but do work in my community with an organization that provides education and resources for teens. Am I able to nominate sophomores to attend MYLead?
MYLead would be happy to learn more about the organization you work with to determine the best course of action. Please email email@example.com.
Who should I nominate?
The only criteria MYLead has is that the sophomores you pick exhibit a positive attitude, be interested in developing themselves, and exhibit leadership potential in some way.
The students that seem to benefit from MYLead the most are the ones that aren’t necessarily the president or captain of everything already. They are the ones that are on the cusp of something great, and just need that boost of confidence so that they can achieve more.
How many sophomores can I nominate for MYLead?
MYLead offers schools the opportunity to nominate up to 10 sophomores to attend the conferences.
Why does MYLead limit participation to sophomores nominated by their school to attend?
MYLead uses the school nomination process to verify that individuals attending are in the right frame of mind to receive new information, show strong leadership potential, and will be likely to apply the concepts they learn to impact their school and community upon their return.
MYLead limits conference attendance to sophomores because of the critical juncture students are at in defining their view of the world and the role they will play in it. At this point, young leaders are sponges for new ideas and information. Participants also have the benefit of two remaining years of high school to apply what they learn and to further develop the leadership skills and knowledge gained through the MYLead experience.
Why only a select number of sophomores per high school?
Part of the MYLead experience is maximizing exposure to new ideas, and developing leadership and critical thinking skills in a totally fresh learning environment, away from familiar surroundings, routine experiences, and established peer groups and peer pressures. Bringing together a limited number of sophomores per school brings individuals, not social groupings, to the conference.
How does payment work for non-free students?
By logging into the MYLead website you are able to pull your school’s invoice anytime after nominating your selected student(s).
It is the school’s responsibility to determine how payment will be made. Each school approaches it differently. Some have funds reserved in their budget, others ask the PTO or a community organization to cover the registration fees, and others have the nominated students/guardians submit payment directly.
Please determine how your school will cover the registration fees and inform each nominee accordingly.
Does MYLead have a resource kit to assist with advertising to students?
Yes. You can use the Example Application to solicit interest from sophomores and then select among those that apply.
MYLead is in the process of developing additional resources and they will be added here once available. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What if a student is no longer able to attend?
If circumstances arise that prevent a student from attending the conference, you are welcome to log into the website to cancel the nomination and submit a replacement nominee. Or, you can contact email@example.com and the recruitment directors will assist you with the process.
What schools nominated sophomores in 2022?
Academy of Sacred Heart
AGBU Alex-Marie Manoogian School
Airport Senior High School
Algonac High School
Allendale High School
Armada High School
Bishop Foley Catholic High School
Black River Public School
Bloomfield Hills High School
Boyne City High School
Caledonia High School
Caro High School
Carrollton High School
Carsonville-Port Sanilac H.S.
Charlotte Senior High School
Chippewa Hills High School
Clarkston High School
Clinton High School
Dakota High School
Dearborn High School
Detroit Catholic Central
DeWitt High School
Evart High School
FlexTech High School
Fordson High School
Forest Hills Central High School
Forest Hills Eastern High School
Forest Hills Northern High School
Fraser High School
Gabriel Richard Catholic HS
Garden City High School
Grand Ledge High School
Greenville Senior High School
Gull Lake Virtual School
H.H. Dow High School
Harbor Beach Community High School
Houghton Central High School
Houghton Lake High School
International Academy – Okma Campus
International Academy East
International Academy West
Iron Mountain High School
Jenison High School
Kalamazoo Math And Science Center
Kensington Woods Schools
Kingsford High School
Lake Orion Community High School
Lake Shore High School
Laker High School
Lakeview High School
Lakewood High School
Lincoln Senior High School
Lowell Senior High School
Lutheran High School-North
Macomb Math Science Technology Cent
Manchester High School
Manistee High School
Manistique High School
Mendon Middle/High School
Monroe County Middle College
Morrice Area High School
Novi Christian Academy
Oak Park High School
Okemos High School
Our Lady of the Lakes School
Oxford Schools Early College
Pennfield Senior High School
Plymouth High School
Port Huron Northern High School
Potterville High School
Redford Union High School
Regina High School
Richmond Community High School
Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy
Salem High School
Sand Creek High School
Sandusky Junior/Senior High School
South Lake High School
South Lyon East High School
Southgate Anderson High School
Spring Lake High School
Springport High School
St. Joseph High School
St. Mary Catholic Central
St. Philip Catholic Central High Sc
St. Thomas More
Sterling Heights Senior H.S.
Stoney Creek High School
Sturgis High School
Tawas Area High School
Taylor Preparatory High School
Tecumseh High School
Tekonsha Senior High School
University High School Academy
University of Detroit Jesuit
Walled Lake Central High School
Walled Lake Northern High School
Walled Lake Western High School
Warren Mott High School
Warren Woods Tower High School
West Michigan Lutheran High School
Whitmore Lake High School
Yale Senior High School