Maggie L. Walker Youth Summer Leadership Institute

2011 Maggie L. Walker Youth Summer Leadership Institute participants
2011 Youth Summer Leadership Institute participants posing with Congressman Bobby Scott at the U.S. Capitol.                                                          Photo by Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

Calling all rising 8th – 10th graders in the greater Richmond area!

The National Park Service is pleased to sponsor the 14th Annual Maggie L. Walker Summer Leadership Institute at the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site. In collaboration with the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, this signature summer youth program will take place for 8 days during two consecutive weeks, July 10 - 13 and July 17 – 20, 2023. The program meets at the Maggie L. Walker NHS from 9am – 2pm each day and is FREE for all participants.

This summer, after three years of hosting the institute online, we are excited about the opportunity to return to an in-person audience and continuing to fulfill the core purpose of the program: to help students tap into their own potential as community leaders.

Since 2010, the institute has invited students to the site in early July to become National Park Service youth volunteers. Participants learned Jackson Ward history, leadership skills rooted in Maggie L. Walker’s example, and made modern connections, bridging the past with the present through field trips, expert guest speakers, and student-designed service project plans. The 2023 program will meet Monday through Thursday, July 10 – 13 and Monday through Thursday, July 17 – 20. Students are strongly encouraged to commit to attending all 8 days of the program to receive maximum benefit from their participation. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to earn additional service hours by assisting with the Maggie L. Walker Birthday Celebration weekend, July 14 – 16. More details to follow about that event.

To encourage small group interaction, space is limited to 14 participants. Apply Today!

2023 Summer Leadership Institute Application

For further information, contact the program coordinator, Ajena C. Rogers, Supervisory Ranger, at

Last updated: April 13, 2023

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