NOMINATE A SOPHOMORE

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. 

Recognized by past participants as a key transitional point in their leadership journey, MYLead programs are well-loved, well-tested, and very effective.  99.9% of participants recommend MYLead to a friend.  

MYLead has been offering in-person conferences exclusively for high school sophomores since 2003. In 2020, MYLead hosted the first-ever Virtual Summit.  It received such positive feedback that we have decided to integrate it into our offerings for 2021.  

Understanding that this year poses unique challenges, in addition to adding the Virtual Summit, MYLead has capped in-person conference sizes to ensure proper health and safety protocols are followed. Schools will also have the ability to restrict students to the virtual format only when nominating if desired.

Conference 1: May 14-16, 2021

Virtual Summit: May 21-23, 2021

Conference 2: June 4-6, 2021

Conference 3: June 11-13, 2021

MYLead is typically limited to high school sophomores only.  This year, juniors that were nominated and unable to attend in-person in 2020 are also welcome.  

Between the four events, MYLead is anticipating over 700 young leaders from across the state for MYLead 2021.  

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.

Nomination Process

The nomination process is simple:

  1. Select the sophomore(s) you would like to nominate
  2. Click “Nominate Now” and use the login credentials received via email to log into the website 
  3. Enter basic information about the nominee(s) you have selected
  4. Congratulate each student that has been nominated, letting them know they will receive an email from MYLead about registration in January.

MYLead will email student(s) beginning in January with details about student registration.  As the school administrator, you and the student’s parents will be copied on all emails sent to students.

In the spring, MYLead will invoice schools, 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 in-person conference attendance and $29 for virtual summit attendance.   

Schools that send 10 or more total students to in-person 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 listing on the Conference and Virtual Summit event pages. If your questions are not addressed, email recruitment@mylead.org 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 recruitment@mylead.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 recrutiment@mylead.org.

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 2021?

In addition to the Juniors already nominated for MYLead 2020 (if any), you can nominate up to 10 additional sophomores to attend in 2021.

What happens to the juniors I nominated in 2020?

All individuals nominated for MYLead 2020 are eligible to attend in-person or virtually in 2021.  They will receive information from the recruitment team in January regarding registration. 

If an individual is no longer able to attend, you are welcome to cancel their nomination in the system before then.  You are able to replace a canceled junior’s nomination with an additional sophomore if preferred.

Why does MYLead typically limit participation to sophomores nominated by their school to attend?  And why is MYLead open to juniors this year?

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 typically 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.

This year, MYLead is open to juniors that were previously nominated for MYLead 2020.  When making the difficult decision to cancel the conferences last year, we felt it was important to honor the promise that schools made to their young leaders.  We know the impact that attending MYLead can have, and with so much in flux for these young people, it seemed more important than ever to make the opportunity available for them to connect with incredible peers in a fun, safe, and engaging environment. 

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?

MYLead will send an invoice to the school in the spring.  

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 recruitment@mylead.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 recruitment@mylead.org and the recruitment directors will assist you with the process.

What schools nominated sophomores for MYLead 2020?

Academy of Sacred Heart

AGBU Alex-Marie Manoogian School

Aim High School

Airport Senior High School

Algonac High School

All Saints Central School

Almont High School

Anchor Bay High School

Armada High School

Athens High School

Bad Axe High School

Battle Creek Area Math & Science Center

Bay City Central High School

Bay City Western High School

Beaver Island Community School

Berkley High School

Big Rapids High School

Bishop Foley Catholic High School

Black River Public School

Bloomfield Hills High School

Boyne Falls Public School

Brandywine Senior High School

Brother Rice High School

Byron Area High School

Byron Center High School

Cabrini High School

Caledonia High School

Calvin Christian High School

Canton High School

Caro High School

Carrollton High School

Carsonville-Port Sanilac High School

Cass City Jr. and Sr. High School

Center Line High School

Central Lake Public Schools

Central Montcalm High School

Charlotte Senior High School

Chelsea High School

Chippewa Hills High School

Churchill High School

Clarkston High School

Clinton High School

Clintondale High School

Columbia Central High School

Comstock Park High School

Concord High School

Cranbrook  Kingswood Upper School

Crestwood High School

Dakota High School

Davison High School

Dearborn High School

Detroit Catholic Central

Detroit Country Day Upper School

DeWitt High School

Divine Child High School

Early College Alliance

East Grand Rapids High School

Eaton Rapids Senior High School

Fordson High School

Forest Hills Central High School

Forest Hills Eastern High School

Frankenmuth High School

Fraser High School

Freeland High School

Garber High School

Gaylord High School

Goodrich High School

Grandville High School

Gull Lake High School

H.H. Dow High School

Harbor Beach Community High School

Hartford High School

Heritage High School

Hillsdale Academy

Holly High School

Houghton Central High School

Hudson Area High School

Imlay City High School

Innovation Central High School

International Academy – Okma Campus

International Academy East

International Academy West

Iron Mountain High School

JCC/LISD Academy

Johannesburg-Lewiston High School

John Glenn High School

Kalamazoo Math And Science Center

Kenowa Hills High School

Kensington Woods Schools

Kingsford High School

Laingsburg High School

Lake City High School

Lake Orion Community High School

Lake Shore High School

Lakeland High School

Laker High School

Lakeview High School

Lakewood High School

Lamphere High School

Lapeer High School

Lawrence Jr/Sr High School

Lincoln Park High School

Lincoln Senior High School

Lowell Senior High School

Lutheran High School NW

Lutheran High School-North

Macomb Math Science Technology Center

Manchester High School

Manistee Catholic Central Schools

Manistee High School

Manistique High School

Meridian Early College High School

Merrill High School

Merritt Academy

Michigan Youth Leadership

Milford High School

Millington High School

Monroe County Middle College

Morley Stanwood High School

Morrice Area High School

Mt. Pleasant Senior High School

Niles Extended School Community

Northview High School

Novi Christian Academy

Oak Park High School

Oakland Opportunity Academy

Onsted Community High School

Osborn High School

Otsego High School

Our Lady of the Lakes School

Owosso High School

Oxford Schools Early College

Peck Jr./Sr. High School

Pinconning High School

Plymouth High School

Port Huron High School

Port Huron Northern High School

Portage Central High School

Portage Northern High School

Potters House High School

Potterville High School

Powers Catholic High School

Quincy High School

Redford Union High School

Richmond Community High School

Rochester High School

Sacred Heart Academy

Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

Salem High School

Saline High School

Sand Creek High School

Sandusky Senior High School

Shrine High School

South Lake High School

Southgate Anderson High School

St. Charles Community High School

St. Joseph High School

St. Mary Catholic Central

St. Philip Catholic Central High School

Star International Academy

Stoney Creek High School

Sturgis High School

Swartz Creek High School

Tawas Area High School

Tekonsha Senior High School

The Valley School

Thornapple Kellogg High School

University High School Academy

University of Detroit Jesuit

Vandercook Lake High School

Vassar Senior High School

Walled Lake Northern High School

Walled Lake Western High School

West Catholic High School

West Michigan Lutheran High School

Western High School

White Cloud High School

Whiteford High School

Whitmore Lake High School

Woodhaven High School

Yale Senior High School

Ypsilanti Community High School