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Morven Park’s Center for Civic Impact

Youth Leadership Retreat Application - 2019

Apply to the Morven Park Youth Leadership Retreat to build and strengthen your leadership skills during a fun three-day program. You will meet other middle school leaders from the region, build your leadership toolbox, and develop skills to make your community a better place.  

Who can apply? Current 6th and 7th graders (Current 8th graders may apply for our High School Institute at

When: July 16-18, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day

Where: The Winmill Carriage Museum at Morven Park
17195 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg, VA 20176 

Cost: Free, but you must apply to attend and place a security deposit of $43. Students may apply for a waiver of all or part of the deposit fee by submitting a Hardship Waiver Application and appropriate documentation. The application may be obtained by emailing

Application deadline: Applications must be timestamped or postmarked no later than May 19, 2019.

Acceptance: Notifications of acceptance will be provided no later than May 31, 2019.

What to expect:

  • Three days of intensive and fun leadership training
  • Opportunities to meet other young leaders and make connections
  • Hands-on activities led by facilitators from the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact

What will participants get out of the Youth Leadership Retreat?

  • Valuable leadership skills that can be used to create real change
  • Connections with peers and local leaders to help you make an impact
  • Confidence that your voice matters
  • Experience examining challenging issues facing our world
  • Practice working with others to plan and implement a leadership plan of action
  • Opportunities to build your own leadership style and vision

2019 Youth Leadership Retreat Application -- INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETION

  • The application is entirely online. 

  • There is no way to save your application or your answers, so you should complete the application in one sitting and submit. **We highly suggest typing your answers into a WORD document and copying and pasting your answers into the online application form.**

  • When you hit the "submit application" button you will be asked to pay the $43 deposit and will not be able to continue if you do not enter credit card information.

  • Once you submit your application, you will not be able to make any changes to your answers.

  • After you submit your application you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours.

  • If you have any questions, please email or call 703.777.2414 extension 6617.

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Current 8th graders can apply for our High School Institute at
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Please answer the questions below to apply for Morven Park’s Youth Leadership Retreat. 

What do you feel needs to be addressed in your community? Please take a look at the topics below and put them in numeric order based on their importance to you. Use a scale of 1-5, with 1 being of greatest need and 5 being of least need:

As part of the application completion process, you will need a credit card to pay the $43 deposit fee.
The deposit will be returned (minus processing fees) under the following circumstances:

  • You provide at least two weeks’ notice that you will not be able to participate
  • You provide a doctor’s or coach’s note during the program
  • You complete all three days of the program.
$43.00 YLR-Security Deposit
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Frequently asked questions:

  • What is the dress code?  Casual – we will be spending some time outside, so wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Please remember to bring sunscreen and bug spray too!
  • Where should I get dropped off and picked up?  At the Winmill Carriage Museum at Morven Park. Address for GPS is 17195 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg, VA 20176.
  • Is lunch provided?  Yes, lunch is provided every day thanks to a generous gift from the Jack Kent Cooke Memorial Foundation. We must know in advance of any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
  • Can I tell my friends to apply?  Yes! Please spread the word about the Youth Leadership Retreat. #morvenpark #youthleadership #centerforcivicimpact
  • Who do I contact with questions?  Email