The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) is a partnership program between Yale and the New Haven Mayor’s Office and New Haven Youth Council that strives to increase leadership and civic engagement among local high school students. Every Wednesday afternoon, the YLI directors, all members of LI, work closely with the students. In the fall, they focus on developing skills through workshops and listening to speakers from the New Haven and Yale community. In the Spring, the YLI directors act as advisors for the students' community projects. These projects address a certain issue in the students' community and offer an opportunity for youth to voice their opinions. In addition, YLI hosts outside opportunities for the students, such as dinner at Yale and college application workshops.