Center for Youth & Community Leadership in Education
Center for Youth & Community Leadership in Education



What time do I arrive at YLI?
Each organization has an arrival/check-in time to help keep lines short at check-in and to help us kick things off on time. Please arrive at your scheduled time to check-in, receive your conference materials, and have lunch. Each organization will receive an email with their check-in time.

How do I register for housing?
Housing and meals are both included at YLI. There is no additional registration for housing.

How is housing organized?
We group organizations in rooms next to one another. Youth attendees are paired in double rooms, and may end up rooming with a youth from a different organization. Adult allies are housed in single rooms.

Are meals included?
All YLI participants stay at the conference center for the duration of YLI and will be provided with meals and snacks throughout each day. There are coffee, drink, and snack stations available throughout the conference center during YLI.

Do we need to bring anything with us to the conference?
YLI is free, there are no opportunities for spending money during the conference, but families can decide if they want to send their youth with some extra cash for stops during travel to and from YLI. The only things you must bring with you are the medical and photo release forms for youth and adults. Please have youth guardians sign the two (2) medical/video/photo release forms for the youth prior to leaving for YLI, and bring those forms with you to drop off at check-in. Adults must also bring signed video/photo release forms.

My child has never been away from home, what if they get homesick?
Youth will have access to phones and can call home if desired.

How will youth get to the conference?
Their school or youth organization will make those arrangements.

How will I know how to get around during the conference?
Look out for the signs posted throughout the conference center, they will guide you to workshops, team time, meals, and social activities. CYCLE staff and logistics team members will also be on site to help guide attendees through the conference center. And use the Whova App to keep track of the agenda and to be updated on last minute agenda changes. Download Whova to your Android phone here. Download Whova to your Apple phone here.

Who is at YLI?
Youth: about 150 youth will attend YLI. The youth represent organizations from all six New England states.
Adult Allies: each organization is required to bring two adults to support the youth while at YLI.
Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF): NMEF funds the YLI and contracts with various organizations to provide support to make YLI a success.
Center for Youth and Community Leadership in Education (CYCLE): CYCLE is responsible for the design and implementation of YLI. They work closely with the Youth Planning Team, the YLI Facilitator Fellows, and the Logistics Team.

I am an Adult Ally and I signed up for a volunteer shift. How will I know where I am supposed to be and what my volunteer shift entails?
You will receive your volunteer shift details via email prior to YLI and also during check-in on the first day of YLI. CYCLE staff will also communicate shift details during dinner on the first evening.

If you have questions about YLI please contact Nichole Smith, Administrative Assistant at CYCLE (, 401-276-4891).

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