NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  Louisiana Youth Seminar

The recipient entity's physical address:
           *** Confidential Address ***

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           PO Box 14241
Baton Rouge, LA 70898

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  0035

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $150,000

What type of request is this?  General Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Timothy Alan English
1300 State Street
New Orleans, LA 70118

Wendy Walker Stanford
3949 Twelve Oak Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70820

Dustin R. Cravins
9010 Hwy 190
Opelousas, LA 70570

Amy Elizabeth Allums Lee
1100 W. St. Mary Boulevard
Lafayette, LA 70506

Shanna Rachon Warner
9215 Alder Place
Baton Rouge, LA 70817

Carley Anne Carmichael Fuller
PO Box 3597
St. Francisville, LA 70775

Vickie Guzzino Guarisco
1240 Rue Beauvais
Mandeville, LA 70471

Edward Gennaro Raponi
1719 Parkview Lane
Missouri City, TX 77459

Henri Charles DeLaunay
1034 Thornton Rd
Houston, TX 77018

Andre Charles DeLaunay
517 Lovett Blvd
Houston, TX 77006

Sonja Lee Pruitt-Lord
4550 Edgeware Road
San Diego CA 92116

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           The Louisiana Youth Seminar (LYS) was founded in 1971 by three college students. Since then, college students have carried on the tradition with the goal of developing leadership skills in high school students. Over its 50+ year history, the organization has remained relevant and successful. The Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and volunteer staff work throughout the year to host one annual leadership seminar each July.

LYS is different because it focuses on core leadership skills, it is open to all potential leaders, and because it recruits a diverse group of students. LYS has impacted over 12,000 young leaders over 50 plus years.

Details of our history and impact can be found at

LYS is a weeklong leadership high school leadership program. LYS 2024 will be held July 14-19 on the campus of Louisiana State University.
LYS enhances the leadership potential in each individual and provides leadership opportunities through hands-on experience, focusing on developing core leadership skills such as effective communications, setting and achieving goals, team building, understanding and accepting others, developing self-confidence, conducting effective meetings, and problem-solving skills.

We welcome all high school incoming juniors and seniors (and sophomores who are up to the challenge) throughout Louisiana. Students come to LYS via a variety of ways: selected by their schools, sent by their parents, recruited by past LYS participants or staff and by LYS friends and family.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $20,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $227,000
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          Leadership skills, such as goal setting, problem-solving and sound decision-making, are skills that are necessary to create change (MacNeil, 2000). Further, young leaders demonstrate higher career aspirations, increased self-esteem, and improved high school completion rates (Bloomberg, Ganey, Alba, Quintero, & Alcantara, 2003). By supporting and engaging young leaders, organizations and communities experience direct benefits (Zeldin, McDaniel, Topitzes, & Lorens, 2001).

LYS directly addresses these needs through a successful and effective model that focuses on developing inclusive leadership development. The theme of LYS is “No Man Is An Island” – no man, no woman, no person is an island. At LYS, students experience the impact of working together to advance change.

LYS is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization funded by tuition paid by students, by donations and by “tuition scholarships” provided by individuals and corporations. The $650 tuition covers only a portion of the cost of LYS, and we subsidize the program through outside fundraising and grant-seeking. The largest single expense is for food and lodging at LSU for the students during the leadership camp. We depend on donations from our supporters to continue to make LYS possible.

State monies will support coverage of the primary operational costs of food and lodging at LSU for the students during the leadership camp and support our continued commitment to a diverse student delegation.

Annually, LYS provides scholarships for students who could otherwise not afford the tuition of $650. Additionally, LYS subsidizes all paying students to ensure that the program remains affordable to all. The true cost of a student to attend is $1000+; therefore, LYS raises funds to pay for the tuition subsidy for a total of $70,000 each year. Each year, 100+ of the student attendees have a corporate or individual tuition sponsor for a total of approximately $100,000 per year.

Approximately 300 students attend from throughout the state, with averages of 25% from New Orleans, 24% from Baton Rouge, and 22% from Acadiana areas attending each year. The student delegation is diverse with an average of 50% of students from minoritized backgrounds, 33% identifying as Black/African American.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          Outcome 1. Increase youth’s understanding of leadership skills and self-confidence.
Measured by
a. Number of students impacted – average 300 per year; 12000+ total
b. Student recognition of leadership skills taught at LYS (measured by post-program evaluation) – average rating is 4.8 on a 5.0 scale for skills learned from 2023
c. Quotes from students, families, and teachers – examples can be found here

Outcome 2. Sustain impact of LYS beyond the week of the summer camp – sustaining the leadership experience will allow the students to make broader impacts in their schools and local communities.
Measured by
a. Number of students attending student fall reunion – 80% attendance
b. Number of electronic newsletters sent to students, staff alumni, Friends of LYS (teachers, principals, community organizations, donors, and potential recruiters) – reach of 15000
c. Endorsements from students, teachers, principals, and community organizations -

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           The proposed length of time estimated is 6 months. Recruitment for LYS 2024 began February 2024. The LYS 2024 program will end on July 19, 2024; with final billing completed by October 2024.

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship?  NA

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:

Contact Information
name:  Jo Pease 
                                       address:  1300 State Street
New Orleans, LA 70118

                                       phone:  7136671845
                                       relationship to entity:  Founder