VIA 2017 EEYLP Student Application

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The Enlight Environmental Youth Leadership Program is an environmental studies program for high school students from the San Francisco Bay Area. In July 2017, the group will explore Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China while developing their global leadership skills around the topic of urban environmental sustainability.

Eligibility Criteria
  • This program is designed for high school students from the San Francisco Bay Area. (We will consider exceptional applicants from other parts of the U.S. who have a strong demonstrated interest in the environment).
  • We prioritize sophomore and junior applicants, but will consider strong applications from freshmen and seniors.
  • Must have demonstrated interest in environmental issues through coursework or extra-curricular activities.
  • Must have demonstrated flexibility, maturity, integrity, and open-mindedness.

Participant Expectations
  • Obtain a passport (there will be scholarships available for students who need help with the passport fees).
  • Complete all pre-departure readings and assignments.
  • Participate in the pre-departure orientation in San Francisco prior to the trip.
  • Complete all post-program follow-up activities, which may include a community service project and attending VIA’s annual high school youth leadership forum in December.

VIA is committed to a diverse cohort, and ensuring that international travel opportunities are accessible to students from all backgrounds, so we offer a significant number of need-based scholarships on a sliding scale, ranging from partial to full coverage of the program costs.

Application Process
  • Complete the application, and submit along with a letter of recommendation, by the priority deadline - 5 p.m. on March 12, 2017. You may fill out this online application or submit a paper application to Brooke Bryant at
  • All materials must be submitted by the deadline.
    • This includes your letter of recommendation - it is your responsibility give your letter writer enough advance notice to complete the letter and send it to Brooke by the deadline.
  • Semi-finalists will be notified in February for in-person interviews.

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please contact VIA program staff at