Dear Friends and Supporters,
"For decades, opportunity has lagged behind for boys and young men of color."
Young Ambassadors Leadership Academy (YALA) has created 'A Village' to bridge the gap and help put these boys and young men on the path to success. We want to partner with local businesses and foundations to support our efforts in mentoring and providing life skills they need to go to college, become entrepreneurs and global citizens.
YALA is celebratin15 years in 2021 and your support has enabled us to support the lives of young males with valuable resources to empower towards academic and personal excellence. We are grateful to impact the lives of over 500+ young males and we are appreciative of our progress.
To influence the lives of African American males and empower them to reach their full potential academically and professionally as productive global citizens. To affirm their significance of greatness while building a legacy of courage, dedication and excellence.
YALA is designed to promote and sustain learning in male participants ages 6-17. With consistent guidance and age appropriate activities, the participants are assisted in developing critical character and leadership skills. More importantly, YALA focuses on integrating service and leadership development into academic plans, career exploration, and health and wellness activities to promote members’ overall success.
Each year welcomes a fresh theme that launches them into a new experience to explore academic and career growth possibilities. We have been keeping busy with additional programming and events.
The 2022 Year focused on 'Careers in Sports OFF the Field.'
The 2021 Year of YES - Young Entrepreneur Success
The 2020 Year of the White Coat
Also in the past we have focused on 'Engineering'; Crafting your Artistry: Video Gaming, Chess, Fencing, Archery, Culinary, Voiceover, and Graphic Design; Aeronautics; Robotics etc.
LEARN BY DOING.....The goal is to:
Lure the Ambassador into the topic
Actively involve the Ambassador
- Nourish a lifelong interest
MAKING AN IMPACT
Perhaps our progress is best told through the eyes of a single parent, raising her 14 year old son who was going astray. He was failing his classes and hanging out with the wrong kids. Her and her son met us at an MLK Jr. celebration. Although he was initially not interested in what we had to offer: mentorship, brotherhood, leadership and life skills, he made a 360 by embracing our support. By his 10th grade year, he became an A and B student and taking computer science courses, as well as, being chosen for a college internship in a computer program field. 11th grade he took 4 AP classes and was chosen to attend a leadership program during the summer at Pepperdine University. Thank you for so generously walking this road with all of us.