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What do you want to know about YLI? Look here for commonly asked questions and find out how YLI can help you and your students get in the game.

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Who can participate in the Youth Leadership Initiative?

All educators are eligible to participate in the Youth Leadership Initiative. YLI programs are appropriate for K-12, curriculum supervisors, administrators, education professors, home school instructors, program coordinators and student teachers. Just Sign Up online today! By signing up, educators receive a username and password that allows full access to the YLI website.

How much does it cost to participate in the Youth Leadership Initiative?

There is never a charge to use any of the YLI programs or resources.  YLI is committed to keeping our services FREE.  There is no catch- just Sign Up to use all of the great lesson plans, simulations and programs FREE of charge.

How can students, candidates, and community members get involved in YLI?

Anyone can be involved in YLI programming.

Students - recommend YLI to your teachers!  Ask them to Sign Up on the website and ask to participate in programs such as the Mock Election and E-Congress.

Candidates/Elected Representatives - Visit schools and ask teachers to participate in YLI programming.  Use YLI lesson plans to enhance classroom interactions.

Community members - Register your organization with YLI to use our resources to enhance your leadership program.  Suggest that local schools use YLI with their students.

How can foundations and corporations support the work of YLI?

Foundations and corporations that admire the work of YLI may sponsor a program, a simulation or lesson plan.  They may also consider funding the cost of YLI programming for a specific amount of time.  Visit our Contribute page for more information about the UVA Center for Politics and the Youth Leadership Initiative.

How is YLI funded?

YLI is grateful for the funding it has received from the U.S. Department of Education, the Commonwealth of Virginia, foundations, and many generous individuals. Visit our Contribute page to join YLI in its effort to increase civic engagement in America and beyond.

Do I need to register my students to participate in the Mock Election?

No.  All you need to participate in the mock election is to be registered with YLI.  Only one teacher per school need be registered for all students to participate.

What is my teacher code, and why do I need it?

YLI has instituted teacher codes in an effort to make our mock election more flexible in accordance with requests from educators.  YLI is proud to offer the Mock Election anytime program that requires students to identify you with the code, thus allowing you to make an election any time on any subject you like.  In order to receive the correct ballot students just need to enter the teacher code when prompted during the voting process.

I teach on a semester basis. How can all of my students benefit?

The My Mock Election and My E-Congress features will allow you to use these quality programs with your students during the entire school year.  Supporting lesson plans and materials guide you in using these programs to run classroom simulations.

What if I can’t find the answer to my question here?

Don’t see what you need?  Please email the YLI team, ylihelp@virginia.edu or call us toll-free at 1.866.514.8389.  We are here Monday through Friday 8am-5pm EST.  We love speaking with our educators so don’t hesitate to call.

What if I have forgotten my Username and Password?

If you have forgotten your username and/or password, you can click HERE. Entering your email address and clicking Submit will immediately send a replacement CASE SENSITIVE password that you may use. BE SURE TO TYPE THE NEW PASSWORD AS OPPOSED TO COPYING AND PASTING IT INTO THE FIELD. Upon logging in you can change your password by hitting the "Account" link from the Dashboard page.