Empower, Innovate, Transform: You Lead Idaho

You Lead Idaho (YLI) stands as a beacon of innovation in Idaho’s educational landscape, empowering high school students from rural areas to unleash their entrepreneurial potential through innovation and technology.

"Kids from small towns often lack the opportunities that their counterparts in larger cities might have. By challenging them and pushing them outside their comfort zones, we create a chance for them to realize, 'I accomplished this; I can succeed in college too,' and build their confidence in the process." -Shelli Shroeder | Counselor at Shoshone High School

2024 YLI Schedule

You Lead Idaho – 2024 Webinar

Join us for an informational hour on the YLI program.

Program Overview:

The You Lead Idaho curriculum, developed by the IDLA, offers rural schools and students a free, comprehensive education in entrepreneurship and business creation. Through practical, hands-on experiences, students will learn to develop and successfully launch their own business ventures.
The program culminates in an online pitch competition where teams from participating rural high schools present their business ideas, vying for scholarships, prizes, and a chance to qualify for the HSIEC. Qualifying students will enjoy a fully-funded 2-day Boise immersion experience, competing against urban peers at BSU's High School Idaho Entrepreneurial Challenge for additional awards.

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About You Lead Idaho

Established in 2018 with a mission to empower rural high school students in Idaho, You Lead Idaho (YLI) has quickly become a transformative platform for fostering entrepreneurship and innovation. By providing a comprehensive curriculum and real-world business challenges, YLI celebrates the spirit of creativity and practical problem-solving that prepares students for future success.

Registration for You Lead Idaho are opened once a year, allowing a diverse group of students from rural areas to access this exceptional program at no cost. Each participant benefits from a structured program of mentorship provided by Trailhead’s experienced staff and a network of successful business professionals. This mentorship phase is crucial, enabling students to refine their business concepts, enhance their presentation skills, and prepare effectively for the program’s culminating pitch competitions.

Participants in You Lead Idaho continue to receive support from Trailhead after the program concludes, gaining access to our ongoing educational resources and opportunities to further their entrepreneurial ventures. This sustained engagement helps cultivate a generation of young entrepreneurs ready to contribute to and thrive in Idaho’s evolving economic landscape!

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