1. Is the LYPC a non-profit organization?
The LYPC is a program of the Community Foundation of Louisville, and operates under its 501(c)3 public charity designation, with its fiscal sponsorship. Any grants, investments or donations are made to the Community Foundation of Louisville, for the benefit of the LYPC.
2. Who can be an LYPC member?
Any public, private or parochial high school student (grades 9 through 12) in Jefferson County or contagious counties in Kentucky may submit an application to become an LYPC member. The application includes writing a short essay on why you would like to be a part of the program. We look for passion and ability to commit to the time in the program.
3. Does it cost anything to be a part of the LYPC?
No! There are no fees of any kind for LYPC members. We only require commitment and passion.
4. How do I get accepted to the LYPC?
Your application form is reviewed by a committee, and those who pass the first screening are invited to a face-to-face interview session – usually in July or August. The interviews are with the LYPC staff, as well as former LYPC members. If you successfully pass your interview, you will be notified by letter before the LYPC sessions begin.
5. When do the LYPC meetings happen?
There are 16 sessions scheduled on Saturdays throughout the school year. Meeting dates are determined based upon the school calendars, so the LYPC does not necessarily meet EVERY Saturday. The first LYPC session is typically near the end of September, the last is at the end of February. The year culminates in March with an ‘Awards Banquet’.
6. How long are the meetings?
The sessions run from 11:00am to 1:30pm. Lunch is provided.
7. Where does the LYPC meet?
Most sessions are held at Metro United Way, however there are a few exceptions.
8. What happens if I miss a meeting?
Attendance at LYPC sessions is mandatory, except for illness or family emergency. Since the Council works as a team, everyone needs to be there. You will be asked to sign a pledge to indicate your commitment. If a Council member has more than three absences, that person will not be permitted to participate in the Awards Banquet and will not receive a completion certificate.
9. Who leads the LYPC sessions?
Each Council team has its own dedicated facilitator helping guide them through the program, and Board Chair Candy Medina leads general sessions. Our curriculum includes many prominent local guest speakers who share their areas of expertise with the students.