Conway Area Youth Leadership Institute (CAYLI)

Now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. 

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Our community is faced with many of the challenges that accompany the aspects of a growing area. The Conway Area Youth Leadership Institute (CAYLI) addresses those aspects and exposes our county’s youth to opportunities for community involvement and improvement.

CAYLI is a school-year program consisting of a two-day retreat and seven monthly sessions, which include human services, education, media/technology, healthcare, work world/economy, government/court system and environment/agriculture. A community service project is a vital part of the curriculum.

• The youth program represents a cooperative effort between UCA Outreach & Community Engagement, Faulkner County Leadership Institute and school districts throughout Faulkner County.
• CAYLI is designed to help develop leadership potential within 11th and 12th grade students.
• Youth Leadership Institute addresses the challenges and opportunities of our community and exposes high school age young people to avenues for community involvement and improvement.
• Enrollment is open to students who are high school juniors and seniors in Faulkner County. Teachers, parents and others are encouraged to nominate students and encourage them to apply. Applications are open in March with selections made in April.
• Each class ranges from 25 to 35 students representing a broad cross-section of the community. Special effort is made to ensure a diverse group is selected.

• To develop leadership potential in high school students by promoting an atmosphere that will enrich students for leadership roles.
• To broaden the community awareness of each participant.
• To encourage active student participation in their community including service projects.
• Provide mentoring and career exploration opportunities in areas of vocational interest.

The Conway Area Youth Leadership Institute is led by UCA Outreach, dedicated volunteers and graduates of the Faulkner County Leadership Institute. CAYLI was started in 1995 as the Faulkner County Youth Leadership Institute by that year’s Faulkner County Leadership Institute (FCLI) adult class. Over 500 young people have graduated from the program. CAYLI receives its primary funding from donations collected from FCLI graduates. (Outside donations are also accepted.)

To graduate from Conway Area Youth Leadership, a participant is expected to attend all sessions and complete the following requirements:
• Summer Retreat – A two-day session scheduled for July 13-14, 2018
• Participation in seven monthly sessions – session times will vary
• Perform a community service project
• Graduation in April

Participation in the Conway Area Youth Leadership Institute is open to male and female Faulkner County students currently enrolled in the 10th and 11th grades. Selection is based on:
1. Commitment to demonstrate leadership with peers in school and community settings.
2. Commitment to attend a weekend retreat in the summer and all training sessions (September – March) during the 2018-2019 school year.
3. Ability to pay $50 enrollment fee. (Some scholarships available)

Applications should be submitted online no later than Saturday, March 31, 2018. If you would like to request a paper application, please email

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For more information, contact Dr. Shaneil Ealy, Assistant Vice President for UCA Outreach, at or call 501-450-5275.

      Click here for information flyer: CAYLI Flyer 2018-2019