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Student Testimonials

“Not only did I make friendships that will last a lifetime, but the leadership institute gave me the opportunity to experience things that can’t be taught in a classroom.”


Diana Callison
Dorman High School
Class of 2008

"While attending this camp, I got to experience many fun, but challenging leadership activities that have & will continue to help me in my everyday life."

Madeleine Pressley
Spartanburg High School
Class of 2009

"Y.L.I. was amazing!  I gained so much insight into world affairs and how I can make a difference in my community.  It was truly a wonderful experience!"

Cathy Dodds
Spartanburg High School
Class of 2009

"USC Upstate's Youth Leadership Summer Institute was a great way for me to learn about world relations, leadership and myself, while bonding with other youth leaders.  Our week was filled with interesting and educational activities and tons of fun!  I am really glad I attended the Institute and I plan on returning this summer."

Kristin Bell
Spartanburg High School
Class of 2009

"Initially I had my doubts about YLI, but it turned out to be the best week of that summer.  Instead of just being sat down and lectured to, we did a variety of activities from going to Camp Greenville to having a video conference with students in South Africa.  Not to mention, we had two exchange South African students with us.  I recommend this program to everyone."

Soulivanh Theambounmy
Spartanburg High School
Class of 2009

"The 2007 Youth Leadership Institute was the highlight of my summer.  All of the speakers and activities were so much fun and they all helped me to enhance my leadership skills and abilities."

Kelly Hovelsrud
Spartanburg High School
Class of 2009

"The Youth Leadership Institute gave me new insight and also furthered my leadership training.  I will be able to use the training and experience later in my career."

Stokes Smith
Spartanburg High School
Class of 2009

"The program was incredible!  I learned new skills, played great games, and met people from around the world, including South Africa, India and Jamaica!  The staff was great too!!"

Nicholas Moore
Spartanburg High School
Class of 2009

"...the finest and most worthwhile week-long leadership program available...Awesome, I say!"

Andrew Margalit
Spartanburg High School
Class of 2009

"This was a great opportunity that allowed me to meet new people and learn leadership skills that I will carry with me for years to come."

Jessica Manners
Spartanburg High School
Class of 2009

"The Youth Leadership Summer Institute provided me with many opportunities to introspect and discover different aspects of my personality and leadership ability.  I got to experience different cultures and my roommate was South African!  YLI was a very exciting and once-in-a-lifetime experience and it is one I will never forget!!"

Skyler Harper
Spartanburg High School
Class of 2008

"At the USC Upstate Leadership program, I enjoyed the exciting activities we participated in, because it not only taught me different leadership skills that I will use later in life, but also helped me gain new friends I will cherish forever."

Geoffrey Reeder
Spartanburg High School
Class of 2008

"USC Upstate's YLI program taught me a lot.  I didn't just learn to be a leader, but I also made friendships, which I would never have made under any other circumstances.  I learned a lot about life, and had fun doing it.  Everyone who has a chance should seize this opportunity."

Brianna Ellis
Spartanburg High School
Class of 200
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"The week was AMAZING!!!!!!.... The opening speaker was very good; he said many things that have helped me everyday. The trip to Camp Greenville was also great. The video conference was amazing…Overall it was so much fun, and very enjoyable."

Jordan Smith
Byrnes High School 
Class of 2009

 

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Program Contacts
Dr. Jennifer Parker, Director
Professor, Psychology
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
864-503-5761

Dr. Andrew Beer, Co-Director
Assistant Professor, Psychology
864-503-5762

Shawn Masto
Special Projects Assistant
864-503-5700