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Seminar Information

YCS 2023

Sunday,  June 18 through Thursday,  June 22

  • check-in | 7-8:30 AM 
  • conclusion | 9 PM
  • late arrivals or early dismissals will not be accommodated
  • participants must stay for all five days and four nights of the program

Seminar Topics

  • Free Enterprise
  • Media, Communication, and Journalism
  • Patriotism
  • Goal Setting
  • Comparative Political Views
  • Secrets of a Successful Life
  • Values & Ethics
  • Inspiration & Motivation
  • Tough Choices in Challenging Times
  • The Power of Positive Thinking

Seminar Features

  • 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 five-day stay on a college campus

Application Information

Applications are NOT available online. Southern California students are nominated by their high schools and receive their applications 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 the 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.