The International Youth Leadership Academy (IYLA) is designed to support immigrant, refugee and international student success, including academic, social-emotional, college and career readiness needs.

IYLA provides international students and their families with support, resources, strategies, knowledge, skills, network, a safe, and nurturing environment so all students with international background can succeed.

All immigrant, refugee and international students are encouraged to participate the International Youth Leadership Academy (IYLA) to receive assistance with a variety of issues, such as:

Academic Advising
School Adjustment and Success
College Counseling
Career Development
Scholarship and Financial Aid Counseling
Creative Writing
Public Speaking

Character Education
Expedition and Field Trips
21st Century Skills
Leadership and Advocacy
Social and Cultural Network
Family Support and Training
Inquiry & Project Based STEM Learning,

Portfolio Development
World Language Education
Service Learning Project


Program Information

Targeted Participants: International, immigrant and refugee students
Grade Level: Elementary, middle and high school students
Meeting Days: Every Sunday once in a week
Meeting Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
Location: Southern Connecticut State University
Capacity: Spaces are limited and will be granted on a first come first served basis

Tentative Schedule

Time Activity

10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.

Motivation & Mindfulness

10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

STEM Project & Service Learning

11:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

Break and Social Time

11:20 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

World Language and Character Education

12:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

World Language (Spanish or Arabic)

1:20 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.

Creative Writing & Public Speaking

1:20 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.

Sport Activities at GYM

Program Fees

$ 350 (if one child enrolls from a family)
$ 500 (if two children enroll from a same family)
$ 600 (if three children enroll from a same family)


  1. Visit the Touchnet Store to complete your purchase.
  2. Complete the International Leadership Youth Academy Registration Form.

Refund Policy

Students who wish to withdraw from The International Youth Leadership Academy (IYLA) must submit a formal request to the program director, Dr. Yavuz by email or telephone. Refunds will vary depending upon the timing of the request as follows:

  • To receive a full refund (100%) of the program fees, parents must request a formal withdrawal at least five (5) business days prior to the start of the class.
  • To receive a 50% refund of the program fees, parents must request a formal withdrawal anytime between four (4) business days prior to the class up until the official start time.
  • Parents will not receive a refund once the class has officially started.

Payment Methods

Parents have the option to pay by credit card* through the registration and payment portal by clicking on the Register Now button or may arrange to pay by check through the Office of the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies. For payments by check, please contact Dr. Yavuz for instructions. All payments must be received by August 15* Credit card transactions are currently assessed a 2.75% non-refundable convenience fee, and we accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa.


Please contact us if you have questions regarding registration or would like more details of this program.


Dr. Olcay Yavuz, Founding Director of The International Youth Leadership Academy
SCSU, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Phone: (203) 392-5442



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