Applications Open for Young Dairy Leaders Institute Class 13 - Cowsmo

Applications Open for Young Dairy Leaders Institute Class 13

The Holstein Foundation’s premier leadership program, the Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI), is now accepting applications for Class 13. The engaging, hands-on program is open to young adults ages 22 to 45 working in any segment of the dairy industry.

The cornerstone program of the Holstein Foundation, YDLI is a nationally recognized leadership and communication skills development program. Applications for YDLI Class 13 are due September 15, 2023, and can be found at

The interactive, three-phase program focuses on strengthening young adults in the areas of growth mindset, team culture, advocacy, embracing change, community involvement, and more. Many participants say they leave the on-site training sessions with a renewed sense of energy, drive, and passion for the dairy community.

“YDLI changed my life. I am a better version of myself compared to a year ago,” says YDLI Class 12 graduate Emma Van Steekelenburg of Canada. “I learned so much that I am able to apply to my personal and professional lives. I believe I have the tools, knowledge, and confidence to be a leader for the dairy community and beyond.”

Phase I of YDLI will meet in Tampa, Florida from January 28 to February 1, 2024. The on-site training sessions are energetic and motivational, designed for participants to build skills and connect with others. During Phase II, participants will complete self-driven projects in their local communities. The program will wrap up with another round of thought-provoking in-person sessions during Phase III, held January 26 to 30, 2025 in Tampa, Florida.

YDLI attracts the brightest and most engaged young adults in the dairy community, and those working on dairy farms or in other aspects of the industry are encouraged to apply. International English-speaking applicants are also invited to apply for the program.

“YDLI completely transformed the way I think, act, and feel,” says Class 12 graduate Brittany Snyder of Pennsylvania. “It challenged me to be authentic and take risks. It’s life changing.”

The Young Dairy Leaders Institute has graduated over 700 alumni since its inception in 1993. In October 2023, top tier applicants will be selected from across North America for Class 13, diverse in their backgrounds and roles within the industry.

Those selected as YDLI class members will need to invest the time needed to complete projects throughout the year long program. Much of the program is funded by the Holstein Foundation, thanks to several generous sponsors. However, class members pay a registration fee, along with travel and hotel costs. Some scholarships are available for full-time dairy producers who apply.

To learn more about cost or sponsorship opportunities, or find the YDLI application, visit Contact Diedra Harkenrider at [email protected] with other questions or for more information.

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