Youth Leadership Oklahoma Program Overview

Leadership Oklahoma strongly believes in investing in our youth. They are the future of our great state and we believe it is very important to retain Oklahoma’s most valuable asset; its youth.

In 2001, Leadership Oklahoma expanded its mission and focus to create Youth Leadership Oklahoma. The mission of Youth Leadership Oklahoma is to instill in young people a hope, pride and responsibility for Oklahoma’s future. Youth Leadership Oklahoma emulates the adult program by providing leadership opportunities to Oklahoma’s youth and ensuring a deeper understanding of the critical issues our state and nation face as a whole.

High School juniors from across the state are chosen through a competitive application process and are then taken on a week long educational

journey in the summer across Oklahoma, learning lessons about leadership, trust, problem solving, communication, cooperation, career opportunities, but most importantly, why Oklahoma is such a great place to live and work.

Leadership Oklahoma believes that to keep highly caliber people in Oklahoma, you must evoke an emotional attachment to it; a sense of loyalty, inclusion, responsibility and accountability. If they are a valued part of the solution, then you must provide a reason to stay. We believe that after these students go through Youth Leadership Oklahoma, they will feel exactly that.

The Youth Leadership Oklahoma program is provided free of cost to those selected to participate. Leadership Oklahoma funds the Youth Leadership Oklahoma program through the support of donations and grants.


Leadership Oklahoma recognizes the importance of investing in our youth. We know they are the future leaders and are weary of seeing our young talent leave our state. We want to entice our youth to stay in or return to Oklahoma. With this in mind, in the summer of 2001, Leadership Oklahoma expanded its mission by building a program that would help us accomplish this goal and Youth Leadership Oklahoma (YLOK) was established.


Each summer following the Youth Leadership Oklahoma program, Youth Leadership Oklahoma holds an all class reunion, where all past graduates of Youth Leadership Oklahoma are invited to attend.

One of the main components of Youth Leadership Oklahoma is getting the chance to get to know and network with other Youth Leadership Oklahoma graduates. By building these networks, the pipeline of Youth Leadership Oklahoma graduates continues to grow even longer than the one week program.