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Civic Leadership Institute (Grades 9-12)

2019 Program Dates

Session 1: June 23 - July 12
Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Campus
Baltimore, Maryland

Session 2: July 14 - August 2
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California

Young people often believe that they can’t make a difference. That they don’t have the knowledge, skills, or capacity to influence issues like poverty, healthcare, education, or the environment. That they’re powerless to create change. Yet there are countless stories that prove this is not the case. CLI students challenge this idea and explore the complex challenges that affect our communities, and develop the knowledge, experience and leadership skills they need to make a positive impact on the world.

Through an advanced course in Service, Leadership & Community Transformation, students are challenged to learn in new ways and apply their skills in real-world settings. Several times a week, in their class groups, students engage in service projects that span neighborhoods, organizations, and approaches to addressing social problems.

A series of all-campus guest speakers allows students to hear from top government, business and nonprofit leaders about their experiences, perspectives, and guidance for young people who want to create change. Students leave the program with an action plan to address a need in their home community, applying the tools they learned in the course to an area of personal interest.

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Residential Life

CLI offers an opportunity for students to experience a true living-learning community. Students and staff live on a top college campus in an exciting city. Residential staff plan and facilitate a wide range of engaging cultural and recreational opportunities that suit the varied interests of our students. An afternoon might be spent playing soccer, exploring the new exhibit at the art museum, checking out the local farmers’ market, or cloud watching at the park. Weekends are a chance to explore the city and engage in all-campus fun, with dances, talent shows, scavenger hunts and more. Through each unforgettable activity, students connect with new and often lifelong friends.

Catalog and Resources

Each Institute is open to CTY Talent Search participants and other academically talented students who are completing grades 9, 10, 11, or 12, and have an interest in service and a desire to develop leadership skills.

For more information about the curriculum, student life, eligibility and admissions process, tuition and fees etc., please refer to the links below:

If you have questions or need additional information, contact CTY at 410-735-6277 or

The CTY Civic Leadership Institute was created in partnership with the Civic Education Project (CEP), an award-winning leadership and civic engagement program based at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development. For more information about CEP or other CEP programs, see or contact us at 847-467-2572 or

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