Frequently Asked Questions

Leadership Initiatives

Leadership Initiatives (LI) empowers underdeveloped communities to address their own needs by partnering with local government and business leaders to provide promising individuals with entrepreneurial, leadership and project management training. These leaders are able to identify obstacles, develop solutions and create new businesses to empower themselves and their communities.

Short-term objective: Train local leaders to create sustainable solutions to existing community problems.

Long-term objective: Develop a generation of leaders that are poised to empower entire nations.

Learn more at www.LIchange.org

Enrollment

Leadership Initiatives has created six first-of-their-kind programs for high school students who want to develop their leadership skills, gain real-world job experience, and change lives around the world.

The Advanced Law & Trial Summit Tier 1 and Tier 2 partners students with Goodwin Weber PLLC for an accelerated law internship to work on real court cases of national importance.

The Advanced Medical & Public Health Summit and the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit allows students to work with real patients and receive medical training from medical experts and Howard University.

The International Leadership & Business Internship Summit Tier 1 and Tier 2 partners students with real businesses in the developing world to develop critical and targeted business skills and experience.

We care a great deal about our students and their success. In addition to encountering some of the most memorable and unprecedented experiences in Washington, D.C., we also prepare students for college and professional life like no other program out there through our exclusive benefits:

    • One-on-one mentor time from Leadership Initiatives mentorship pool

    • 4-to-1 student-staff ratio

    • Leading experts from top companies, law firms, hospitals, and universities

    • Free ACT/SAT training from TestRocker

    • Scholarship search assistance

    • 5 college application essays – reviewed and edited

    • 3 scholarship application essays – reviewed and edited

    • Choose your own adventure tours of embassies, businesses, medical institutes, and legal sites

    • Admissions counseling from Ivy League admissions experts

Applications for each summit can be submitted through our enrollment page. We examine all applications on a case by case basis. If you are selected, you will be notified accordingly.

After you have completed the enrollment process and made the initial deposit for the program, you will receive an email containing a confirmation of your enrollment, materials needed to attend the program, and more information about the program you enrolled in. If you enrolled using a payment plan, more information about the payments will be included in the email. If you did not receive a confirmation email or received one in error, please contact registration@lichange.org and the issue will be promptly resolved.

If your first choice for a program date is full, please email registration@lichange.org and let them know that you would like to be placed on the waiting list. All students on the waiting list will be contacted on a first come first serve basis when and if space becomes available.

Leadership Initiatives operates on rolling admissions. We continue to evaluate applications as long as space is available. Because many of our sessions fill by the middle of February, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to ensure your first choice of program and session.

If you would like to attend but do not think you will be able to meet the deadline for registration, please contact us at registration@lichange.org and we can review additional programming options. 

Travel and Lodging Accomodations

Student Housing

Our Georgetown University dormitories are Copley and LXR Halls. You will be a part of a dynamic community of students and staff who live together in the residence halls.

Whether you’re working on a group project or Sumo Wrestling on the quad, it’s great to live with your friends. And if you have any questions, your Resident Counselor (RC) lives down the hall and is there for you 24/7.

Our students will live in a two-person room & may select their own roommate upon enrolling in the program.

Leadership Initiatives will provide luxury bedding, towels & pillows.

Every air-conditioned room includes a bed, study desk, closet & Wi-Fi.

Lounges, game rooms, laundry facilities, and the Leadership Initiatives office are all in the residence hall.

We are only a short walk from our academic buildings, Georgetown Cupcake and Georgetown’s Olympic Gym.

Leadership Initiatives will try to accommodate specific roommate requests if they are submitted by May 31st, 2018. PLEASE NOTE:  In order to consider roommate requests, both students’ parents must contact us at admin@lichange.org to make the requests.  No consideration will be given without explicit parental consent.

The address for the program is Village C West-1300 36th St, Washington, DC 20007

For GPS purposes, use 3611 Canal Road NW, Washington DC, 20007

All students are responsible for arranging travel accommodations to and from the program site. There are a number of services available (Uber, Taxi, Bus, Shuttle, etc…) and of course, a friend or family member is more than welcome to drop off and pick up students. We are also able to provide transportation to and from the program for an additional $70. This includes pickup and drop off at any of the major Washington D.C. airports and Penn Station. If you are arriving by paid car service, instruct the driver to enter campus at this address: 3700 P Street NW, Washington DC 20007. Your luggage will be off-loaded at a small drop off area and carted to your residence hall.

Oversized Vehicles: We strongly discourage the use of moving vans, box trucks, trailers, and roof racks, for these could greatly lengthen the move-in process. Please note that vehicles unable to make a 6’6” clearance face additional delays while navigating the drop-off process.

If it is necessary to rent a vehicle to drop off your student on campus, please do not rent anything larger than a passenger van. Your room will not be able to accommodate more than can fit into a vehicle this size.

Our Programs

Student safety and supervision is our number one priority at Leadership Initiatives, and we maintain a uniquely low student-to-staff ratio of seven-to-one, which not only allows more individualized time, but also a far more manageable cohort. Our trained staff ensure that students are accounted for at all times through multiple check-ins throughout the day. Students are required to attend all group activities and seminars, and are not permitted to walk or travel to or from any location without supervision. Staff confirm that students are and remain in their rooms at night during room checks, and stay on the same floors as their student teams. One staff member checks the student hallways each hour through the night. In addition, video surveillance is in effect in the dormitories.

Gaining independence, including experiencing new things on your own, is an essential part of your growth during the program. So, your parents or guardians are not allowed to accompany you. However, it is perfectly fine for your family to travel with you to the program location and stay in the area while you are attending the program.

Students will spend most days in programming where cell phones must be turned off. Students are free to make phone calls before programming starts in the morning, during breaks and in the evening after programming, and parents are encouraged to wait until these times to speak with students. Parents will be provided with a phone number that is answered by a staff member 24/7 in the event that they need to reach a student immediately, and also may email their student’s team adviser to request that their child contact them.

In many cases, yes. Parents of students with special needs must contact us as soon as possible. Explanation of medical conditions that require special apparatuses and/or that have the potential to become emergent (i.e. insulin-dependent diabetes, asthma, seizure disorders, bee allergy) must be submitted in writing in order to ensure that we understand the full scope of what is required. In addition, a conversation with a staff member must take place no less than one month prior to the program start date. We want to make sure we have adequate time to contact any staff at the institution and within our organization in order to make sure we can accommodate the student’s needs.  Students should bring any medical insurance cards in case medical treatment at a doctor’s office or hospital is required.  In the event that we are unable to accommodate medical needs, 100% of any registration fees or deposits will be refunded regardless of the date.

The program will certainly try to accommodate students’ dietary needs. Students with special dietary restrictions must request a dietary restriction form to be completed and sent in advance, and we will create a specialized meal plan (to be approved by parents) for the week. In addition, parents are encouraged to contact Leadership Initiatives staff directly to further discuss the best way to manage a student’s dietary restrictions and/or food allergies for meals that take place at local restaurants or embassies.
*Staff must be notified of any student with food allergies who will be bringing any apparatus or medication (inhaler, lactose enzyme pills, EpiPen, etc) that they normally carry.

In addition to this, Leadership Initiatives has a proprietary app that students will use to order their own food. For the majority of meals, students will be able to select what they want from the available restaurants in the area.

It is the decided opinion of Leadership Initiatives that all current students behave in a manner befitting a mature and responsible citizen. These include traits such as honesty, fairness, integrity, personal responsibility, being trustworthy, and having respect for others. Members of the learning community will be expected to abide by this code of conduct as a commitment to serve as responsible stewards of not only Leadership Initiatives, but their community and country respectively. Leadership Initiatives reserves the right to remove any student that does not demonstrate these qualities.

Arrival

High school students are expected to adhere to the Program Expectations and Campus Regulations. This document must be reviewed and signed prior to your arrival on campus.

Safety is a top priority, and students must follow these expectations to ensure the wellbeing of the community. Any rule violation will result in some level of adjudication. If a student is found committing a violation, he or she will be required to meet with a member of the professional staff, who will then decide the best course of action. Students found committing major infractions will be sent home. No refunds will be granted for conduct related dismissals.

Your tuition includes housing, a meal plan, all course materials, admission for and transportation to off-site visits, access to the Yates Field House fitness facility, closing events, and the various social activities that are set up for students.

We recommend that you have additional spending money to pay for souvenirs, campus memorabilia, etc. You should discuss the amount with your family prior to attending the program. If you do not have a bank card you may want to consider using a gift card with a credit card logo (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, etc.) to avoid carrying cash.

Students who are traveling extensive distances may arrive one to three days early but will be subject to early arrival fees by Georgetown University of $200 per additional night of stay.  All other students must adhere to the check-in times. Georgetown University does not permit students to check in prior to the start of the summit unless otherwise given permission.

If you are attending back-to-back programs and will be living on campus, you may request to remain on campus between the end of the first program and the start of the second. You will likely be required to move to a new room as part of this process.

Families should plan on entering the Georgetown campus via the Canal Road entrance and then proceed to the Southwest Quad Parking Garage. Please refer to the campus map. The hourly rate is $5.

All families and students should proceed to their designated check-in hall that will given out one month before the program begins. Please refer to the campus map.

No, we do not permit students to have a car on campus.

All students are closely supervised by their assigned academic assistants and LI Staff. Leadership Initiatives staff live in the residence halls on the same floor as students and receive extensive training on student safety, well-being, and engagement. The LI staff are available as a resource 24/7 and our office is open for drop-ins each day from 8am–midnight. LI staff conducts room check-ins each night and supervise all of our campus life programming.

While we do maintain close supervision of our program participants, we are a pre-college program that encourages our students to be independent and reach out to our team as they need support.

Georgetown has security guards stationed at all major residence hall access points around campus. All security guards are supervised by the Georgetown University Police Department.

The University also operates an emergency response team 24 hours a day to respond in the event of significant emergency situations.

The Medical Permission Form, provides the opportunity to explain any medical issues or concerns. You are expected to manage your individual medications and are responsible for dispensing your own medications during your time at Georgetown unless otherwise arranged.

Yes, class attendance is mandatory and you are expected to be on time for all summit sessions. If you have an emergency situation that may require you to miss any class time, you must notify your team lead as early as possible.

Given the intense academic nature and truncated timeframe, Summit students are not permitted to arrange time away from campus during the program. There are exceptions made for students but parents and students must sign Campus Leave Waivers to meet with family and friends offsite and arrangements must be made ahead of time.

YDP Dress Code Policy

We believe our students should dress for their potential and in preparation for the types of activities they will be experiencing. Because the slate of ILBS activities carries with it many unique opportunities to powerfully shape the future of our students, we want to make sure students dress the part.

A good rule of thumb is that the activities should dictate the attire. This means students may need to change clothes several times in one day in order to accommodate various types of planned events. There are three broad categories of attire that students should prepare for and pack in order to align with.

Professional attire means suits, sport coats/jackets, slacks/dress pants, skirts or dresses that are coordinated and at least fingertip length when arms are at sides, blouses, sweaters, ties, etc. Shoulders should be covered. If there is any doubt whether or not your outfit makes the cut, you should probably change your outfit.

Semi-professional attire includes much of the above-mentioned clothing with the addition of khaki pants, polo/golf shirts, button down shirts, blouses and sweaters. Shoulders should be covered at all times.

Casual dress includes khaki/golf shorts, jeans in good condition (no rips or tears), sweatshirts, t-shirts, sneakers, sandals, capri pants, and skirts. Shoulders should remain covered at all times.