ACPC Youth Leadership Conference 2012

Since 1994, the American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC) has been sponsoring the Youth Leadership Conferences (YLC) in Washington, D.C. The conference assists youth of Polish background who are interested in civic and political activism to realize their full potential and to assume leadership roles in various fields at all levels of society.

The week long conference is planned to be held from June 17 to 22, 2012.

It is an up close and intensive opportunity for 20 to 25 young Polish Americans, chosen from all over the U.S., to explore the political processes and interact with national and international leaders of Polish background in the realms of foreign policy, business, science, education, journalism, culture, Polish American and east-central European affairs.

It is open to high school graduates or college students/graduates of Polish descent, ages 17 to 26.

Plan to attend. A deposit of $50 (refundable) will guarantee a place as attendance is limited. Full payment is due by the registration deadline, May 1, 2012

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Requirements: Applicants must be:

The ACPC Youth Leadership Conference registration fee is $500. Housing and one meal per day, along with most other conference expenses are generously made possible by the American Council for Polish Culture. (Transportation to and from Washington, D.C., as well as each student's optional expenses are up to the individual and/or local sponsoring ACPC affiliate, Polish club or student organization, etc.)

The application form is available from this website (PDF format) or by contacting the Youth Leadership Conference director (address and e-mail given below).

The following must be received by the YLC Chair May 1, 2012 :

  1. completed and signed application form
  2. release form, signed by parent/guardian for participants under the age of 21, by applicant if over 21
  3. student's resume
  4. two (2) letters of recommendation from educators or persons active in Polonia
  5. check for $500 payable to ACPC-YLC

In the event of non-acceptance or cancellation, all fees will be refunded.

Get application and release forms

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail.

Irena Mirecki, Conference Chair
4041 41st Street
McLean, VA 22101

Revised 2012.03. by TM