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Leadership Niagara's LYNC youth development program is open to all interested high school students from Niagara County and Grand Island who would like to discover and strengthen their leadership skills. 

Attendance is mandatory at all sessions as a requirement for graduation from the program. 

Complete the application and one essay question. After your application is submitted, a LYNC Coordinator from your school will review the applications with our Program Staff. A final selection of students will be made to participate and represent their school for 2023-2024. Upon acceptance there will be a $50.00 student enrollment fee. This fee is waived for students receiving Free or Reduced Lunch. Please check with your school's LYNC Coordinator to determine the payment procedure, each school is different.


If you have questions or would like to request a paper application by mail, contact Liz Zulawski, President & CEO. 

By email: [email protected] 

By phone (716) 908-8787


LYNC in partnership with Niagara University offers an opportunity to turn your experience into college credit.

Participants can extend their learning by one month and receive college credit in our EDU 228 course taught by a NU professor . The 3-credit course focuses on the issues of diversity and globalization, democratic citizenship, leadership in personal and organizational frameworks and individual development. 

LYNC is supported by:

Which of the following best represents your racial or ethnic heritage? Choose all that apply:
Please share if you do or do not have reliable access to internet and a computer, tablet or a smartphone for digital sessions (via Zoom).*
This question does not disqualify you as an applicant, we are simply polling access to make accommodations if necessary.
Answer ONLY ONE of the two questions listed below. Please copy and Paste or type your response . 1) What would you attempt to do if you new you couldn't fail? 2) What does leadership mean to you?
Commitment of Applicant*
If selected , it is our expectation that you will attend all sessions and be an active and respectful participant. By submitting your application you agree to represent your school and your community to the best of your ability. By committing to participate in the complete program with a positive attitude, respect for others, cooperation and attendance.
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