The YMCA Swimming Emerging Leader Academy (formerly "Leadership Development Camp") is a season-long program in which 22 YMCA National level swimmers further develop their leadership capacity through online learning, on-site workshops, interviews, assignments, conference calls, group work and community service. The ELA begins in August, continues through Short Course YMCA Nationals and includes a 3 1/2 day intensive camp in Orlando, FL in October. 
 
Participants are high school juniors (class of 2021) who are selected through an application process that includes a leadership essay, letters of recommendation, school transcript and community service experience. 
 
Participants need to be proactive, organized, responsive, inclusive, thoughtful and collaborative. Additionally, participants need to be physically and mentally prepared to complete advanced level 2-hour swimming workouts without stopping or getting out during the on-site camp in October.
 
Applications are due July 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified by July 30, 2019.
 
 
Sample Workouts