About Us

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National Teen Leadership Program (NTLP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers leadership camps and one day workshops to instill important leadership concepts in our youth. NTLP has over 27 years of proven excellence delivering youth development programs that support Social and Emotional Learning towards building Good Character and nurturing Leadership Skills in every young person and young adult so they can develop the leader within themselves to make their legacy and build a better world tomorrow!

The organization was created in 1992 with just 185 teens attending a three-day camp at California State University, Sacramento. Our three-day, intensive leadership camps are held on college campuses to expose attendees to higher education and includes motivational speakers, leadership exercises, small group sessions, interactive workshops, interviews with business professionals, and a recognition ceremony; all coordinated by NTLP alumni who volunteer and pay their own way for the privilege of motivating the next generation of future leaders. Read Our Mission.

Now, 26+ years later, NTLP has provided positive and inspiring three-day leadership camps, full-day workshops, and alumni activities for over 18,000 teens. Programs have been held in California, Arizona, Washington, Massachusetts, and Texas. Over $170,000 in scholarships have been awarded to deserving young achievers and several strong community relationships have been forged including our seventeen-year partnership with the California National Guard.[break][break]In 2008, NTLP began providing one-day leadership retreats for high school-age dependents of our servicemen and women in the armed forces, and in 2010, NTLP hosted its first full-day Diversity workshop to over 150 students, parents, teachers, and community youth workers. The response has been so positive, we continue to make the program an annual event.

Over 18,000 youth have experienced NTLP programs and literally, hundreds stay a part of our organization long after their high school experience. Each year 30 to 40 alumni, from as far back as our 1992 program, return at their own expense to staff our conferences and mentor and motivate the next generation of future leaders. Three college-graduate alumni are active Board Members and many alumni serve on the Advisory Board.

NTLP is proud of our longevity and our accomplishments throughout the years. Director Laura Segura carried the Olympic Torch in 2002 in honor of the work done by NTLP. Senator Barbara Boxer awarded NTLP the Excellence in Education Award in 2006 and in 2009, NTLP was offered a $25,000 Challenge Grant to provide seed money to assist with the national expansion of the program. That goal was exceeded by the contributions of over 260 alumni, parents, and friends of the National Teen Leadership Program, in just under three months.


2018 Testimonial Miguel
Thank you all so much for helping me get to NTLP! I had such an amazing time with great people from all around the world! We shared our passion for leadership and learned among one another! Thank you! – Funded Through Wishbone, 2018
2017 Testimonial Leslie
I had a great time participating in NTLP. The weekend I spent there was filled with many activities that I will value a lot. Those activities taught me a lot about myself and the friends I made there. I am glad I was able to experience a little of the college lifestyle by staying in the dorms. – Funded Through Wishbone, 2017
2018 Parent Testimonial Dalys
I am truly honored to have the privilege of writing this letter of support in favor of the National Teen Leadership Program (NTLP). It was through a desire to involve my 15 year old child in a summer volunteering experience that we connected with Ms. Derlin Hsu and the organization. I can tell you that my child, Kyiah Wright, profited tremendously and gained a life-changing experience during the time spent volunteering and at the 2018 Summer Camp at Chapman University. In a separate testimonial, Kyiah spells out just how profoundly the program impacted her life personally. Although we have only known each other for the past few months, it feels as though we have had a longer standing bond. Ms. Hsu has been a delight to interact with from the very start. She is the perfect person for the role of directing NTLP into the frontiers of the future. Derlin has a strong understanding about how the program has impacted the lives of young people, many of whom have maintained close ties as alumni and who return to give back by mentoring incoming participants. For that reason, I feel very confident that Ms. Hsu’s leadership can take the organization to the next level. NTLP is an amazing and well needed program for youth as it embodies the virtues of leadership characteristics that are well needed in society today. – Dalys Wright, MPH
2018 Testimonial Kyiah
The National Teen Leadership Program has opened up an entire window of opportunities and guided doorways of success to my path more than I could even imagine. The camp that I participated in was not only second to none, but because it was my first experience at the NTLP camp, was magical, fresh and new; as I am sure would be the same no matter how many times you voyaged to the program. From Alexa Score, one of the keynote speakers, sharing how she overcame her setbacks and excuses to do what she loves even though she may have cancer filled me with strength and courage to do what I have the passion and drive to do with zero excuses and yet millions of possibilities. The team building exercises such as R.O.P.E.S. brought the people who started off as friends and turned into family together and closer than ever before. NTLP taught me how to be a strong and sturdy leader who not only tells and directs people but also works together with them to make sure that teamwork truly occurs in the best of its ways. They taught me how to present myself in an interview which also kept me apprehensive in the ways to present myself in the world. Calvin Terrell is one of the biggest game changers that left me with a respectful, open and spiritual mind that I make sure to pass onto others. His speech taught me courage, acceptance, leadership and the magic of being able to help yourself while helping others, another thing I have made sure to spread to whoever I can whenever I can. Others tend to give me a strange look when I tell them that people I have known for only three days are like family in the most sincere way possible. But I own it. I met one of my closest friends at the camp and more. I met people who I know will support me and encourage me wherever I go. I met people who I can look to for a smile, a laugh and anything I may need throughout life because I know that the people I met at NTLP are lifelong and life changing. I cannot wait to go to the camp next year and this time, because it is my second, explore beyond my dreams and reach into places that have yet to be walked as I am. I will once again walk out of NTLP as a different person, only this time, greater and more vibrant. – Kyiah W., 2018 participant