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The SDYS Youth Leadership Council (YLC) brings together young leaders from across SDYS programs to connect and contribute to the future of SDYS.

SDYS Youth Leadership Council

Led by SDYS musicians, and mentored by SDYS program managers, Kaitlyn Korogy and Dr. Lauren Rausch, the SDYS Youth Leadership Council brings together young leaders from across SDYS programs to connect and contribute to the future of SDYS.

Get Involved with the YLC

Youth Leadership Council Meetings

Youth leaders meet together twice a month to collaborate and utilize a secure, private group chat to share ideas in between meetings.

Commitment: Full season commitment
When: Select Sundays at 12:30 pm, View YLC Meetings Calendar
Where: Balboa Park Conference Room

*Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer breaks are observed

Student Requirements


  • Current SDYS musician in good standing
  • Ages 14 and over
  • Participants must have parent/guardian permission to join

Participant Rules & Agreements

  • Be respectful to everyone
  • Communicate, share ideas
  • Be willing to commit and make time
  • Always make others feel accepted
  • Share immediately to staff any problems or concerns
This program is free for all current SDYS students. Registration is open year-round. (Once registered, students should expect to participate for the remainder of the season.)


Past YLC Projects



YLC Mini-Concert: Filipino Celebration

The SDYS Youth Leadership Council presents a virtual mini-concert that celebrates Filipino culture, the culture’s contributions to the arts, and how it is spread in our local communities. Directed by YLC member, Nya Delcastillo, this mini-concert features performances from SDYS musicians, friends, and families. A note from the director: “To us Filipinos, representation is very important. Through this concert, SDYS and the YLC can show the instrumental aspects of traditional Filipino music and collaborate with other Filipino figures in our communities.”

Click here to watch!



YLC Presents: Works by Black Composers

Almost immediately following the creation of SDYS’ Youth Leadership Council, its members wanted to find a way to express their solidarity and extend their voices in support of the racial justice movements taking place across the country in the summer of 2020.

Click here to watch!


Conductor Appreciation Video

Throughout the pandemic, the Youth Leadership Council met weekly on Zoom, discussing ways to help SDYS students and staff. Right away, members wanted to find a way to thank SDYS conductors and teachers for their dedication and support as we all transitioned to learning and working from home. YLC members organized and compiled conductor appreciation videos, which were shared at our June 2020 virtual concert.

Click here to watch!



San Diego Youth Symphony