NCYL is an exclusive leadership seminar that is held annually at Drake University. Approximately 250 students from 23 area high schools are selected to attend for their leadership qualities and scholastic record.
Judge Romonda D. Belcher
Iowa’s District Associate Judge: District 5 C
Region Bank President, Wells Fargo Bank
West Des Moines City Councilwoman, Member at Large & Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa
Miriam H. Lewis
Chief Inclusion Officer, Principal Group
Office of Corporate Citizenship & External Affairs, Nationwide
Executive Director, The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University
President and Chief Executive Officer, Delta Dental of Iowa
Given the rapidly changing impacts of the Delta COVID-19 variant on our community, the Des Moines Chapter of the National Council on Youth Leadership (NCYL) board, in consultation with our event partners at The Ray Center at Drake University, will forego hosting the 2021 NCYL Youth Leadership event on September 13 as an in-person event.
While this is disappointing news, we are focused on being good citizens and making choices that protect the safety of others. Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. We want to avoid potential student exposure to the coronavirus and save medical resources for those who need them most. Our decision is in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.
In lieu of the in-person event, Central Iowa leaders will be recording messages of inspiration and leadership advice for this year’s NCYL class. Students will receive access to view these special messages via email on September 30. Each student will also receive their medallion, t-shirt, and award certificate delivered to their school.
If you have questions, please contact the NCYL Des Moines Chapter Chairperson, Renee Hardman at firstname.lastname@example.org or The Ray Center at Drake University event co-host, Hilary Ortmann at email@example.com.