Registration is open for 2019

Where: USCB- Bluffton

When: June 13-16, 2019

Registration closes May 29, 2019 for USCB

Where: Clemson University

When: May 16-19, 2019

Registration is CLOSED for Clemson 2019

Please DO NOT register more than once. To make changes to a prior registration email


  • “Nothing like I expected. I honestly expected it to be boring, staid, and for all of us to be ecstatic to leave. Everyone I heard wished it wasn’t over.”

  • “I absolutely loved it. I had a fantastic time and it was so much better than expected. A massive thank you to everyone who helped with this and planned it. Much love and I hope to see all of you soon.”

  • “I never thought I would be honored to come to something like this! And the food was amazing!!!”

  • “Everything was a lot more insightful and informative/helpful than I could imagine.”

  • I really liked the team building exercises and thought that they really helped the participants bond together.”

  • It was much more engaging than I expected, and the speakers spoke to us almost as peers or equals (with respect).”

  • “I was shy and scared and thought that everyone was in the same state as I was. I was greatly surprised when I actually found that I could socialize and make good friends with both students and counselors.”


When I spoke with my daughter Friday night she was one big run-on sentence. She went on and on about Maya and finally, after talking nonstop for about twenty minutes, she inhaled, exhaled, and said she had to go so she could start reading Maya’s book! She didn’t call yesterday, only a text stating she had so much to share with us and tell us but was with her friends and would have to share with us on Sunday. What you are doing is a tremendous blessing to many and will have ripple effects for years to come. I am confident that her experiences from this conference have helped equip her for success in her new endeavors. Thank you again.

The 2018 KeyNote Speakers WERE:


At Clemson University...Ms. Maya Van Wagenen.

Maya is the 19-year-old author of the New York Times best selling book:  POPULAR:  Vintage Wisdom For a Modern Geek.  Maya was in Brownsville, TX when, as a young teenager, she wrote her book based on the setting in which she felt she was “stuck on the bottom of the social ladder at pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren’t paid to be here.”  Today, when not hunched over a desktop writing, Maya enjoys reading, British television, and chocolate.  She is currently studying at Georgia Southern University.  

At University of South Carolina Beaufort...Ms. Danielle Breidung.


Danielle's story begins in Waunakee, Wisconsin where she was actively involved in 4-H, Future Business Leaders of America, student government, forensics, mock trial, and Future Problem Solving International.  In 2006-2007 Danielle organized a community-based problem solving project focused on multiculturalism.  In recognition of her efforts, Danielle received 2nd place at the International Future Problem Solving competition.  Since childhood Danielle has been working (as a volunteer, board member, and AmeriCorps VISTA) within the nonprofit sector.  In 2016, Danielle turned her passion for community benefit work into a consulting business.  She and Lowcountry Synergy focus on connecting community benefit organizations with human and financial capital needed to thrive.

When Danielle isn’t working, running, or practicing yoga, she is either traveling the world or performing acts of service.  Since 2014 Danielle has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Bluffton, and in July she will be inducted as the Club's youngest and fourth female president.  To date Danielle has visited 71 countries on six continents.  She is a proud global citizen and change agent.  This will be the fourth SCYLC conference she has attended happily!  

The South Carolina Youth Leadership Conference is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization.