Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy (HYLA)


The Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy (HYLA), in partnership with United Methodist seminaries and universities and The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church (UMC), seeks to help high school youth and college adults explore their call to ministry. HYLA is committed to assisting Hispanic/Latino youth discover and embrace their relationship with God while encouraging them as they complete their education and refine their leadership skills. 

HYLA is a coalition of youth and young adult United Methodist Hispanic leaders. HYLA's mission is to help these young leaders discern their call to ministry through the pursuit of higher education, awareness of social issues, mental and spiritual growth, and their awakening as leaders. These leaders unite in solidarity through their common Latin@ experience and are committed to helping the pueblo Latin@ in order to transform the world. 

*It is by the consensus of HYLA that we identify ourselves as Latin@s, but continue to use the term Hispanic due to the historical formation of the academy and use of this word and to describe our community within society. In addition we recognize that the name HYLA is well-known and regarded within the UMC and our communities. 

HYLA partners high school and college students with with pastors, seminarians, and other Hispanic leaders in the UMC who serve as mentors. 

HYLA (high school and college) APPLICATION: http://hylaumc.com/special-dates-deadlines/online-application/


College Students 

  • Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington D.C. (July 21-25, 2020) 

NEW TRACK: HYLA College-Leadership for the Public Square

  • Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois (August 4-8, 2020) 

  • Please note this is for 2nd and 3rd time college HYLA participants

 Raíces Latina Leadership Institute

  • Boston University School of Theology, Boston, Massachusetts (July 7-11, 2020)

*Transportation to sites are the responsibility of the participants. 

For more information: 

Contact Rev. Dr. Cristian De La Rosa (cdlrosa@bu.edu) or hyla.umc@gmail.com 
Visit the HYLA website at: http://hylaumc.com/