Mission and Vision

We are a college student-founded and student-run outreach initiative for high school students in the Houston area.  Now in its ninth year, the Young Owls Leadership Program continues its dedication to preparing its students for success.


Image may contain: 4 people, people smiling, people sitting, table and indoorOur Mission

We focus on preparing students from underserved communities in the Houston area, especially those who will be first-generation college students. We do so by designing our curriculum and programs around the college application process, college life, and both leadership and personal development. Doing so aligns with our mission to transform students into community leaders and competitive college applicants.




Image may contain: 5 people, people smiling, people standing and shoesOur Vision

We strive for a world that provides all students with access to educational opportunities, regardless of their social, ethnic, or economic background. Our vision is to develop an environment that provides academic, cultural, and motivational resources to students from low-income backgrounds.


In Press

Read below to learn what others have to say about YOLP:


Ruth López Turley, professor of sociology and director of the Houston Education Research Consortium, was one of many faculty and staff who spent time with the high school students in the Young Owls Leadership Program. (Photo by Brandon Martin)June 2019: Young Owls are Paying it Forward





Team-building exercises like these group push-ups in the academic quadrangle were among the most popular activities at this year's Young Owls Leadership Camp. (Photo by Katharine Shilcutt)June 2018: YOLP Teaches First-Generation Students How to Make College Dreams Reality





June 2016: Young Owls Fly to Campus





Participants in the Young Owl Leadership Program test an invention in the Engineering Quad.June 2015: Young Owls Fly to Campus this Summer






June 2013: Young Owls Flock to Campus this Summer





June 2012: Young Owls Leadership Program