2022 YCS Dates
Sunday, June 19th, (7-8:30 AM check-in) through Thursday, June 23rd, (9 PM conclusion)
Late arrivals or early dismissals will not be accommodated. Please note that every student who attends YCS must commit to stay for all 5 days and 4 nights of the program.
- Free Enterprise
- Media, Communication, and Journalism
- Goal Setting
- Comparative Political Views
- Secrets of a Successful Life
- Values & Ethics
- Inspiration & Motivation
- Tough Choices in Challenging Times
- The Power of Positive Thinking
- World renowned guest speakers
- Incredible counselors/mentors
- Daily breakout sessions
- An interactive free enterprise workshop
- Team-building competitions
- A casual dance night
- A casual talent show
- A semi-formal closing banquet for participants and their parents/guardians
- A 5-day stay on a college campus
- An unforgettable experience
Applications are NOT available on-line. Southern California students are nominated by their high schools and receive their application from the designated high school administrator. If you would like to see if your high school is on the list, please contact Susan at the number above.
Each year, approximately 1,200 YCS applications are received from public and independent high schools throughout Southern California – 250 students, one from each high school on the list, will be selected, representing a wide variety of strengths in the fields of scholastic, athletic, musical and theatrical accomplishments. Applicants:
Are current high school Juniors (rising seniors)
Are nominated by a school advisor on the basis of their character and leadership potential
Embody a unique desire to make a personal contribution to America's future
Are prepared to have the time of their life
Housing and Residence Life and Meals
Students will live in Pepperdine University dormitories supervised by adult seminar counselors. All meals (observing ALL dietary requirements) will be provided in the campus cafeteria beginning with lunch on Sunday and concluding with a Closing Banquet on Thursday.
Each year, the YCS experience is the culmination of six months of planning, and operates on a budget of approximately $300,000 in privately donated funds – this equates to a scholarship of $1,200 per student.
There is no direct cost to the student, other than travel to-and-from Malibu.
Tuition, on-campus housing, meals and materials are provided.
Transportation to and from campus is NOT included.