Clarke Leadership Day 2017
Clarke Leadership Day 2017
UD Character Development Day 2017
UD Character Development Day 2017
Top Ten 2016
Top Ten 2016


Dubuque Area Youth Leadership Council’s vision to make tomorrow’s world better by developing leaders today. We believe the investments of time, energy, and resources in our local youth will pay enormous dividends in the future. Since 1990, we annually recognize the top 100 youth leaders in the Dubuque area for their leadership qualities.

What we do

DAYLC, a non-profit organization, focuses on developing youth leaders by offering workshops hosted by the University of Dubuque and Clarke University. During these workshops, leaders are challenged to examine their character and values through problem solving activities in various settings. In addition, DAYLC hosts a panel discussion with local community leaders to engage in a conversation around successful leadership.

How to participate

To be considered for DAYLC, you must be a junior in high school and be nominated by your school liaison. Once you complete the application, the board will review your activities and you will receive a score. We choose 100 students to participate in the DAYLC program. Each youth leader is considered for a scholarship ranging from $100 to $1,000.

University of Dubuque Character and Leadership Workshop

Clarke Leadership Day

DAYLC Leaders in Action


“My experiences with DAYLC will stick with me for the rest of my life. Beyond leadership skills, I gained amazing friends and learned from e...
Brittany Smith
Senior High School
2016 DAYLC Top Youth Leader
"Because of the training and experiences at DAYLC, I was named as one of the top (ten) student leaders in the nation, an honor I will always...
Layne Collins
Cuba City High School
2014 DAYLC Top Youth Leader
"Thank you again so much for enabling me to have such an amazing experience. I feel lucky to live in a community that makes such a substanti...
Jack Hostager
Hempstead High School
2014 DAYLC Top Youth Leader
"I learned so many things about becoming a leader and trying to change the world for the better. I hope to return to the Dubuque community a...
Quinn Meyer
Wahlert High School
2012 DAYLC Top Youth Leader
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