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MBYLI - Training Program Descriptions

Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute

The Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute (MBYLI) serves as a year-round program to train District of Columbia youth in the concepts of leadership and self-development. The MBYLI training models are conducted in two primary sessions.

Summer Intensive Training Program: 

  • Participants are recruited in the spring for the MBYLI Summer Intensive Training component. 
  • Youth Leaders are selected through a rigorous screening process in addition to gaining eligibility through the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP).
  • Summer Training is conducted for six weeks on a local college campus.  • Distance Learning Training is conducted on a virtual platform dependent upon DC Government Phased Reopening procedures. 
  • Includes training seminars, community labs, youth government elections, cultural events, guest speakers and open discussion forums.

Application Information Status: AVAILABLE at MBYLI Summer 2021 - Youth Leader Application

School Year Program:

  • Participants are recruited at the end of the summer for the MBYLI School Year Program component.
  • Youth Leaders are selected through a rigorous screening process and must be able to provide MBYLI verification documents for eligibility. 
  • School Year Training is conducted throughout the traditional academic year within the Office of Youth Programs at the Department of Employment Services.
  • Distance Learning Training is conducted on a virtual platform dependent upon DC Government Phased Reopening procedures.
  • Participants apply skills learned during the Summer Intensive Training program. 
  • Activities include weekly training sessions, community service projects, general body meetings, youth related forums, and additional leadership development training. 
  • MBYLI Youth Leaders are called to represent the youth of the District of Columbia at events throughout the city, country, and world.

Application Information Status: Contact [email protected] to receive information updates from a representative from our team.