"Going through Leadership Oklahoma is an eye-opening experience to the diversity of our state. From Guymon to Broken Bow, we heard similar themes by our host communities and its residents. Our people define the "Oklahoma Standard" by their grit of endurance and tenacity to overcome obstacles or challenges that faced them. Taking the time to listen, collaborate and compromise will lead Oklahoma toward its greatest days ever!" -- Lyle L. Roggow, Duncan, Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation, Class 30 and Lifetime Member.


2017-2018 Leadership Oklahoma Application for CLASS 18!

Applications are now being accepted for YLOK Class 18!  Are you a dynamic leader who is a current junior in high school? If so, you should apply to YLOK! Applications are due back in the LOK office no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

The YLOK Program week will be June 3-8, 2018.

 If you have any questions or would like to request an application for someone, please don't hesitate to contact Lee Anne Stone, Youth Director, at lstone@leadershipoklahoma.com

Leadership Oklahoma recognizes the importance of investing in our youth. We know they are the future leaders and are weary of seeing our young talent leave our state. We want to entice our youth to stay in or return to Oklahoma. With this in mind, in the summer of 2001, Leadership Oklahoma expanded its mission by building a program that would help us accomplish this goal and Youth Leadership Oklahoma (YLOK) was established

Each year, approximately 50 exceptional high school juniors from across Oklahoma are selected for Youth Leadership Oklahoma. The class will spend the week of June 4-9, 2017 traveling to selected locations in Oklahoma to learn about and experience our state’s treasures, meet adult community and state leaders, and develop personal leadership skills. Thanks to the generosity of Leadership Oklahoma supporters, there is no charge for students to participate in the program.




  • Applicants must be high school juniors or home-schooled equivalent.
  • Applicants must live in Oklahoma.
  • Applicants must have at least a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Class members must attend the program week in its entirety, Sunday through Friday.
  • Class members must agree to abide by all Leadership Oklahoma policies and procedures.
  • Class members must make their own arrangements to travel to and from Oklahoma City to start and end the program. Transportation during the program is provided.


Applications must be received in the Leadership Oklahoma office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2017. All applications can be submitted by mail, FED EX, UPS or hand delivered to the Leadership Oklahoma office. Faxed and emailed applications will not be permitted.

When mailing the application, please send three (3) applications to Youth Leadership Oklahoma: one (1) original and two (2) copies of the application. 

Other than the one recommendation letter required and the reference form, no attachments are permitted. The recommendation letter and the reference form can be included with the application packet or sent directly to the Leadership Oklahoma office.

Applications must be typed and complete to be considered. Applicants download the application and reference form from the links above.

Please do not fold applications. They should be mailed in a 9x12 envelope.

The Youth Leadership Oklahoma selection committee will select approximately 50 participants based upon demonstrated leadership as well as gender, ethnic and geographic diversity.

Letters notifying applicants of the selection committee results will be mailed in March of 2018.