History of Youth Salute

The National Council on Youth Leadership is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1976 and dedicated to the belief that the recognition we give to young men and women today serves as a powerful inspiration that can shape their behavior in tomorrow’s world.

The Central Kentucky Council on Youth Leadership has been affiliated with the National Council on Youth Leadership since 1981.  The local council has recognized 24,304 outstanding youth leaders from 55 area high schools during the past 38 years in a program better known as the “Youth Salute”.  In 1992, students from the local council placed first and second in the National Youth Leader of the Year competition in St. Louis.  One of our students has placed in the top five nationally in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. We are proud to announce 3 Central Kentucky students won top awards at the 2018 event! Zsombor Gal (Paul Laurence Dunbar) won “National Male Youth Leader of the Year”, Anne Boggess (Henry Clay) won “National Female Youth Leader of the Year”, and Morgan Rehm (Scott County) received the “James E McLeod Insightful Leadership Award”.

The purpose of the Central Kentucky Council on Youth Leadership is to honor high school juniors who have maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average through the end of their sophomore year and have held two leadership roles to which they were chosen by their peers or an adult leader within the past two years in school, religious or community sponsored organizations.  The council helps young people grow into responsible adults by encouraging, recognizing and developing leadership.