Due to COVID-19 NHF will not be accepting NYLI applications for a 2021 cohort. We deeply regret the need for a hold on applications at this time. However, we are very much looking forward to accepting a new class next year if conditions permit.

In the meantime, please direct extra support toward your local chapter. These efforts will be noticed and a history of volunteering at your chapter is oftentimes an identifying factor for incoming NYLI members during the application process.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a high school graduate before December 31 AND be between the ages of 18-22
  • Living with a bleeding disorder, or have a sibling with a bleeding disorder
  • Willing and able to travel to each of the trainings and program destinations
  • Available for regular communication via email, phone, and/or webinar
  • Be a U.S. resident
  • Be available for the 1st-Year Leadership Training in New York City during the week of January


Application Requirements:

  • Online application form
    • Biographical information
    • Resume of activities
    • Short essays (7)
  • Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form
  • Volunteer Code of Conduct
  • Letters of Recommendation - Should NOT be from a family member or relative:
    • Personal or professional reference 
    • Representative from the bleeding disorders community**


** If you do not have a representative from the bleeding disorders community, please contact Marlee Whetten at mwhetten@hemophilia.org or call (212) 328-3735.



  • All applications are always due on October 31st 
  • Only completed applications will be considered


Selection Process:

Your completed application and all required documents will be reviewed and evaluated by a volunteer review team. Applicants will be contacted in mid-November to schedule a 30-minute telephone interview

NHF will select top candidates exhibiting strong leadership potential and willingness to become active leaders in the bleeding disorders community. The team will be looking for the following characteristics during the application review and telephone interview process:

  • An eagerness to volunteer within and fundraise for the bleeding disorders community
  • A willingness to stay involved and learn
  • Self-starter, reaching out to us with ideas and communicating promptly
  • Ability to work with a team and independently
  • Ability to foster and maintain relationships
  • Strong communication skills
  • A commitment to give back by using skills learned in NYLI at your local chapter and/or throughout the bleeding disorders community



Those selected will be notified by early December